Rivets Bats Erupt Early on Chinooks Pitching
MEQUON, WIS. – The Rockford Rivets saw their bats catch fire early and often in putting away the Lakeshore Chinooks 10-5 on Friday night at Kapco Park.
The Rivets wasted little time in knocking around Lakeshore starter Tyler Hasper as Neal Tyrell singled with one out. Cade Bunnell and Ricardo Ramirez then walked and David Cronin drove in a run with a groundout to first. After the Chinooks got the run back, Rockford scored three in the second. Braden Williams and Jacob Vander Wal both singled, and Michael Smith drove in Williams with a single, Tyrell drove home Vander Wal with a groundout, and Cade Bunnell singled home Smith for a 4-1 lead. After the Chinooks answered with two of their own, the Rivets would answer again with four runs in the third. Cronin doubled and Jesse Wilkening singled him home. After back to back walks to Williams and Alex Maloney, Vander Wal scored Wilkening with a single before a Smith walk forced home Williams and a Tyrell walked scored Vander Wal.
Rockford would wrap up the scoring in the fourth by getting a run scoring double by Wilkening to plate Cronin, before being sent home by a Vander Wal single. Anthony Dahl (1-0) picked up the win with four shutout innings of relief while Hasper (0-2) took the loss, lasting just an inning and two thirds.
The Rivets will continue the road trip in Battle Creek against the Bombers on Saturday evening at 5:05 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.