LOVES PARK, Ill. – In a wild finish, the winning pitcher scored the winning run on a wild pitch on Monday at Rivets Stadium.
The Rockford Rivets got the first walkoff win in franchise history as they beat the Lakeshore Chinooks, 4-3, in extra innings.
Cory Wright (1-0) earned the win for the Rivets after pitching three scoreless innings of relief. Wright, who had started the game as the left fielder, scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Brandon Parr (0-1) in the bottom of the 13th.
The Rivets tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth, when Cade Bunnell hit a two-RBI single to left field.
In the 13th, the Rivets loaded the bases with one out on a single by Neal Tyrell, a double by Wright and a walk by Cade Bunnell. After Parr got Joe Kubera to ground to a drawn-in infield for a forceout at the plate, his first pitch to Braden Williams escaped Lakeshore catcher Hayden Senger and brought home Wright.
The Rivets travel to Lakeshore 11:35 a.m. Tuesday for the finale of the two-game series. Broadcasts and live streams can be found at NorthwoodsLeague.com.
Rockford’s next home game is 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, when they host the Kenosha Kingfish.
Rockford is a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League, which will play its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox), Jordan Zimmermann (Detroit Tigers), Curtis Granderson (New York Mets), Lucas Duda (Mets) and Ben Zobrist (Chicago Cubs). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website, NorthwoodsLeague.com. For more information, visit RockfordRivets.com.