Rivets slug way past Bombers
LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford Rivets collected 10 hits for the third straight game on Monday, as they beat Battle Creek, 4-3, at Rivets Stadium.
The Rivets scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth after the Bombers had rallied from a three-deficit. Rockford leadoff hitter Cade Bunnell, who was 2-for-5, doubled home the eventual game-winner.
Rockford built an early 3-0 lead. In the second inning, David Cronin singled in a run. In the third, Jacob Vander Wal hit a solo homer and the Rivets added an unearned run later in the inning.
Battle Creek rallied for a run in the fourth inning and tied the game with two unearned runs in the fifth.
Joe Romero (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief for the win.
Max Ritchie (0-4) took the loss in a three-inning relief appearance. In the eighth, Gavin Johnson singled with one out. With two outs, Bunnell doubled to left to drive in Johnson.
The Rivets and Bombers face off again at Rivets Stadium 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. 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 151 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.