JC DeMuri hits a three-run double in the first inning for Rockford. Photo courtesy of Doug Timmermann and JK Richards Photography.
LOVES PARK, Ill. – After getting run out of Madison with a 19-5 loss on Thursday, the Rivets were eager to get a victory as they returned home.
They did just that. Cole Bellair (Illinois) led Rockford (6-5) to its fourth win in five games as the Rivets went off on Fond du Lac’s pitching staff. Adam Eck (Edgewood College) took the loss for the Dock Spiders, who dropped to 3-8 on the season.
Bellair (1-1) gave up a run in the top of the first, but Rockford quickly struck back. Newcomer JC DeMuri (Quincy University) had a bases-clearing double for his first at-bat of the season, and the Rivets capitalized off a Fond du Lac error to take a 4-1 lead heading into the second.
From there, Rockford never trailed. Fond du Lac added two runs in the sixth off Bellair, but he managed to get out of the inning with Rockford still leading 6-4. The score really broke open in the bottom of the sixth, when Fond du Lac outfielder AJ Lewis (Missouri) dropped a fly ball, allowing two Rivets to score. John Rave (Illinois State) then drove in two more on a single off Matt Richey (Bradley University) to extend the score to 10-4.
Jeremy Orbik (Stetson) and Brad Littleton (Indiana) combined for three scoreless innings of relief as Rockford cruised to an 11-4 win.
The Rivets will finish up their two-game series with the Dock Spiders tomorrow, June 10th at 6:35 p.m. Tomorrow’s game is Ben Zobrist bobble head night! Make sure you show up early so you can be one of the lucky fans to get a bobble head of last year’s World Series MVP and Northwoods League alum Ben Zobrist. Don’t forget to order your Rivets tickets today by calling the Rockford Rivets ticket office at 815.240.4159.
The Rockford Rivets are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League, which will play its 24th season of summer collegiate baseball in 2017. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, 170 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals), two-time World Champion Ben Zobrist (Chicago Cubs) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox), Jordan Zimmermann (Detroit Tigers), Curtis Granderson (New York Mets) and Lucas Duda (Mets). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website, NorthwoodsLeague.com.