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Granath dominant in Rivets 7-2 win over Bullfrogs

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Rockford Rivets (11-7) took game one of their series with the Green Bay Bullfrogs (7-11), 7-2, Saturday night at Joannes Stadium.

The Rivets trailed 1-0 in the fifth when John Rave (Illinois State) hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

With the game tied 1-1 with two outs in the seventh, Neal Tyrell (Lewis) blooped a two-run single into center field to give the Rivets a 3-1 lead. JC DeMuri (Quincy) was up next and hit a two-run home run over the left field fence. The Rivets scored two more in the inning to take a 7-1 lead.

Rivets starter Jack Granath (Davenport) pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run with a season-high six strikeouts. Granath (3-1) earned Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night honors and his third straight win. Jared Tobey (Wayne State) (1-1) suffered the loss for the Bullfrogs.

The Bullfrogs added one more run in the ninth, before Dylan Stutsman (Indianapolis) got the final two outs of the game with the bases loaded.

The Rivets play the final game of their four-game road trip Sunday at 3:05 p.m. against the Bullfrogs.

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, 160 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. 

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