WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WIS. – The Rockford Rivets used more strong pitching and early offense to earn their sixth straight win, 6-1 over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Monday night at Witter Field.
Rockford RHP Zach Aring (1-1) collected the win with six strong innings, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out five, while Jack Riley (0-1) suffered the loss for the Rafters, going just an inning and two-thirds and allowing five earned runs on six hits. Anthony Dahl went the final three innings in relief.
The Rivets would jump out to a quick first inning lead as for the fourth consecutive game. Hunter Steinmetz led the game off with a walk and David Cronin doubled with one out. After an Alex Maloney groundout, Rivets designated hitter Ricardo Ramirez would drive both runners home with a double and Neal Tyrell would drive Ramirez home with a single to make it 3-0 in the first. Rockford would add two more runs in the second. With one out, Josh Hauser doubled and Steinmetz drove him home with a triple before Cronin would drive Steinmetz home with a single to make the score 5-0 Rivets.
The scoring for Rockford would conclude in the sixth. After a single by Joe Kubera, a sacrifice bunt by Nate Montgomery, and a wild pitch, Josh Hauser would get Kubera home with a sacrifice fly. Rapids would get a sacrifice fly from Dustin Woodcock, but Anthony Dahl would throw three shutout innings to finish off the win.
The Rivets will return home for a two game series against the Battle Creek Bombers on Tuesday evening at 6:35 p.m. Broadcasts and live streams can be found at NorthwoodsLeague.com.
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.