LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford Rivets have opened the second half of the Northwoods League season with a three-game winning streak after a 4-1 win over the Lakeshore Chinooks on Friday at Rivets Stadium.
Harlem High School alumnus Drake Robison held the Chinooks to a run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings to earn the win. Robison (4-2), who worked with the lead from the first inning on, struck out five and walked two. Jacob Ruder closed with 1 2/3 hitless innings for his first save.
Chinooks starter Keenan Bartlett (1-2) struck out 12 and four-hit the Rivets, but took a complete-game loss.
The Rivets manufactured a first-inning run when Michael Smith singled, stole second base, and came around on groundouts by Cory Wright and David Cronin. They added three runs in the fourth, two on a home run by Ryan Long.
The Rivets face the Lakeshore Chinooks at Rivets Stadium 6:35 p.m. Saturday for Bobblehead Night, Star Wars Night and Fireworks Night. 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, in its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball. 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.