LOVES PARK, Ill. – Willmar starter Pearson McMahan (St. John’s River State) gave up a leadoff single in the first inning to Rivets second baseman Neal Tyrell (Lewis University), but that was the only hit Rockford had all night in suffering their tenth straight home defeat, 6-0 on Sunday night at Rivets Stadium.
The Stingers got started early. With one out in the first, Danny Pardo (Montevallo) singled, and after stealing second and third base, Justin Toerner (Cal State Northridge) doubled him home off of Rivets Starter Zach Aring (St. Joseph’s, IN), who fell to 3-3 on the year, for a 1-0 lead. In the third, Greg Lambert (Southern Illinois) walked and later scored on a single by Danny Mayer (Pacific) to make it 2-0.
That was more than enough for the effectively wild McMahan (1-3), who walked nine and struck out six over eight shutout innings. In the ninth, five consecutive hits scored four runs off of Rivets reliever Jake Perkins (Chicago State) to make it 6-0.
The Rivets will open the final home series of the season against the Kalamazoo Growlers at Rivets Stadium Monday night at 6:35. 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.