KENOSHA, Wis. – The Rockford Rivets (16-14) lost Game 1 of a scheduled double-header with the Kenosha Kingfish (20-11), 6-3, at Simmons Field Friday night. Game 2 was rained out and postponed.
Jack Granath (Davenport) got the start for the Rivets and gave up six runs (five earned) in four innings of work, taking the loss, snapping his streak of wins in four consecutive starts. On the flip side, Kingfish starter Michael Costanzo (Austin Peay) worked five innings, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts, and got the win.
The Rivets scored first in the game, however, on a solo home run from Bren Spillane (Illinois) with two outs in the top of the first inning. Spillane’s home run, his first of the season, extended his hitting streak to nine games.
But after that, the Kingfish put up four runs in the second inning and two more the third inning, on a Tim Millard (Dallas Baptist) two-run home run, to take a 6-1 lead. The Rivets added two runs in the fifth inning on RBI singles from Trevor Paradoski (Texas Tech) and Hunter Feduccia (LSU-Eunice), to cut the Kenosha lead to three runs, but that’s as close as Rockford would get.
The second game of today’s double-header will be made up as part of a double-header on August 7 in Kenosha. The Rivets return home to play the Lakeshore Chinooks 6:35 p.m. Saturday.
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.