Loves Park, Il. – The Rockford Rivets snapped a four game losing streak on Saturday night in Rockford when they defeated the Battle Creek Bombers by a score of 2-1.
The Rivets were the first to score in the second inning when Catcher Brock Mathis doubled to left field to drive in second baseman Kian O’Brien.
After Battle Creek tied the game in the third inning, the Rivets put another run across the board in the sixth when left fielder Ryan Cole scored after a balk by the Battle Creek pitcher to make the score 2-1.
The Bombers threaten to tie the game yet again in the eighth inning when they had a runner on both first and second base with no outs. This was then followed by a triple play started by third basemen Zach Sehgal to end the inning in style.
Sehgal’s play was the first ever triple play that the Rivets completed since the team joined the Northwoods League. He commented on the play after the game.
“The ball was hit so hard I knew that I just to shuffle to my right and step on the base,” Sehgal said. “It happened so fast but when I saw our shortstop Hal Hughes put his hands up I knew we had it.”
Rockford was led by a stellar pitching performance from their starter Tyler “Big Country” Thornton. He went six innings, allowed one earned run and struck out six while also picking up the win. Tanner Propst and Nathan Schneiderman came in to collectively pitch the last three innings, with Schneiderman picking up the save.
This was the first win for the Rivets in the second half of the season for the Northwoods League. They hope to keep the winning trend going when they travel to Wisconsin tomorrow night to take on the Woodchucks at 3:05 pm.
The Rockford Rivets are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, 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, more than 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.rockfordrivets.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rivets as your favorite team.