Brian Klein makes a throw to 1st base for the Rivets. Rockford's five game winning streak ended with the loss to Madion on Wednesday afternoon, the first game of a double header. Photo courtesy of Doug Timmermann of JK Richards Photography.
LOVES PARK, IL. – After winning five straight games, the Rivets finally dropped a game. The Madison Mallards (30-23, 11-7) ended the Rivets’ five-game win streak with plenty of scoring as they defeated Rockford (29-23, 12-6) by a final score of 11-4 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Rivets looked like they were picking right back up where they left off, scoring right away in the 1st inning. Brian Klein (Texas Tech) skied a ball over the center field fence with a man on base for the early 2-0 lead.
Jon Laird (Tiffin) looked good early on, giving up just one run in his first three innings of work. It was in the 4th when he ran into trouble. Sam Armstrong (Jacksonville) led off with a single and reached third after a David Vinsky (Northwood) double. Andrew Baker (Florida) then brought Armstrong home with a single, and Thomas Smart (Oakton) added two more RBIs in the inning for the 4-2 Madison lead.
The Mallards weren’t done. Zac Taylor (Illinois) hit a bloop single to center field off Josh Petersen (Ohio) to score two runs, giving Madison the 6-2 lead in the 6th.
Rockford came back with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Hutchinson (Illinois State) scored off a sacrifice grounder from Klein, and Hunter Feduccia (LSU) was able to make it home as the Mallards committed a fielding error to cut the Madison lead to 6-4.
However, the Mallards got three more runs in the 8th and two in the 9th to pull away from the Rivets. Laird (1-1) took the loss as Rockford as they make their way to Madison for the second game of a double header.
Rockford’s next home game will be on Friday, July 28th for a 6:35 p.m. game against the Lakeshore Chinooks. You won’t want to miss this game – there will be a post game fireworks show!
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, 180 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.