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Published On: July 5th, 2023

Rockford Scores Last Two Runs to Stay Perfect in First Half

Rockford, IL – The Kenosha Kingfish lost 5-3 to the Rockford Rivets for their fifth consecutive loss dating back to July 2.

It was a back-and-forth battle for the first five innings, but Rockford capitalized on a couple of Kenosha miscues; the home team scored on a passed ball in the sixth and a wild pitch on a dropped third strike in the eighth to close out the ball game.

Vytas Valincius (University of Illinois) stayed hot at the plate for the Kingfish. He went 2-for-5 with a run, a double and an RBI this evening. Valincius went 5-for-12 with a pair of runs scored, a pair of doubles and four RBI in the three-game set at Rivets Stadium.

Nick Demarco (Notre Dame) continued his tear for the Rivets. He was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a walk. Demarco has now gone back to back days with a long ball.

Cumberland University hurler Ryan Calvert (1-0) entered the win column after pitching two innings of shutout ball in relief for Rockford’s third victory in two days.

Northern Illinois University pitcher Ryan Linkletter (0-2) got the loss, as he gave up the go-ahead run and three walks in an inning pitched.

The Kingfish (17-19, 0-3) are on a five game skid, the longest of any team in the Northwoods League.

The Rivets (23-14, 3-0) have logged a league-best four wins in a row and sit alone atop the Great Lakes East.

Kenosha comes back home tomorrow, July 6, to begin a two-game “home and home” series against the Madison Mallards. First pitch will be at 6:35 PM CST.


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