KENOSHA, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (11-17) topped the Rockford Rivets (13-13) after an hour-long rain delay on Sunday at Simmons Field by a final score of 6-1.
The win gave Kenosha a 3-2 series victory over the Rivets.
Roberto Pena (Florida) scored the game’s first run in the third inning on a wild pitch to give the Kingfish the edge. Mike Jarvis (San Diego State) knocked in two more Kingfish to give the team a 3-0 lead with a single on a pop up that Rivets second baseman Josh Dudden (Creighton) lost in the sun.
The Rivets answered with a run in the fourth inning on a bloop single by Dudden to make the score 3-1.
Kingfish starting pitcher Kaleb Schmidt (Drury) allowed one run over four-plus innings and gave up two hits and five walks. He also struck out a season-high eight batters. The effort gave Kenosha a 1.13 ERA starter’s ERA over the course of the five-game series.
Matthew Plisko (Macalester) relieved Schmidt in the fifth inning with runners on first and second and no outs and gave up a single but stranded the bases loaded with three soft groundouts.
Pena hit a two-out bases clearing double in the seventh inning to score Jarvis, Ryan Knernschield (Eastern Illinois) and Zach Nogalski (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and extend Kenosha’s lead to 6-1.
Pena was the only player with multiple hits for either team on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI.
Plisko threw four-plus shutout innings in relief, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four.
Troy Hickey (Madison College) came on with no outs in the ninth inning and stranded a pair of baserunners to close out the win.
Plisko got the win for Kenosha. Kyle Seebach (Northern Illinois) took the loss for Rockford after giving up three runs in four innings.
Kenosha has its first scheduled off day of the season on Monday. The team returns to action at 7:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday evening at Simmons Field when it hosts Kalamazoo.