MEQUON, Wis – Parkland’s Cory Wright (4-1) threw seven innings of five hit, one run baseball and the Rivets held off a ninth inning rally to defeat the Lakeshore Chinooks 2-1 on Wednesday night at Kapco Park.
The Rivets opened the scoring in the second inning as Hunter Steinmetz (Missouri State) hit a two-out single. Gavin Johnson (Rice) then smoked a double to left center, and a bad relay throw allowed Steinmetz to score for a 1-0 Rivets lead.
Rockford would add to the lead in the third. After two were out, Hunter Hargrove (Texas Tech) launched his fourth home run of the spring, a line drive to left field off of Lakeshore starter Tyler Jandron (1-1) to make it 2-0.
Lakeshore would get a run in the fifth to cut the lead to 2-1, but Jacob Ruder stranded the tying run at third in the ninth for his second save.
The Rivets will open a two game home-and-home series against the Madison Mallards in Madison on Thursday night at 7:05 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.