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Published On: July 4th, 2023

Rockford Rides Heroic Comeback, Superb Pitching For a Pair of Wins

Rockford, IL – The Kenosha Kingfish fell by scores of 9-8 and 3-1 to the Rockford Rivets in an Independence Day twin bill.

In game one, Kenosha jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two and a half frames. Rockford posted a five-spot in the bottom of the third thanks to a three-run shot by Nick Demarco (Notre Dame) and a two-RBI double off the wall by Matthew Mebane (South Georgia State College).

Cole Gober (Eastern Illinois University) went a two-run shot over the left field wall to give the Kingfish an 8-5 lead in the fifth inning, but the Rivets scored the last four runs of the game and walked off the visitors on an error off the bat of Dustin Allen (University of San Diego).

South Carolina Upstate hurler Beau Coffman (1-0) retired five hitters without giving up a baserunner for the win, and Eckerd College righty Tucker Shalley (2-1) allowed the winning run for his first loss of the season.

In game two, it was a pitcher’s duel between Kingfish hurler Ross Thompson (St. Ambrose University) and a Rivets pitching duo of Landon Southern (Anderson University) and Jacob Davis (Missouri Southern State University). 

Southern and Davis prevailed, combining for a seven inning outing where they allowed just one run on three hits. 

Southern (1-0) earned the victory in his Northwoods League debut, and a former Rivet in Ross Thompson (1-1) took the loss after allowing three earned runs in six innings with five strikeouts.

Valincius was the offensive standout for Kenosha; the powerful righty went 3-for-7 with a run, a double and three RBI in two games at the plate today.

Demarco exploded on offense to propel Rockford to their doubleheader sweep. He combined for a 4-for-6 effort with a home run, four RBI and a double on the day. 

The Kingfish (17-18, 0-2) have dropped four straight games dating back to the first half of the season. 

The Rivets (22-14, 2-0) have now won three straight contests and hold an early lead in the Great Lakes East standings.

Kenosha and Rockford will go toe-to-toe once more tomorrow, July 5, with a first pitch time scheduled for 6:35 PM CST. 


The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, over 325 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rockers as your favorite team.