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Rivets Finish Road Trip with 8-2 loss to the Rafters

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Rockford Rivets (19-23) fell to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the final game of the Rivets’ four game road trip on Wednesday night at Witter Field.

For the third straight night, the pitching started well, and the bats struggled throughout for the Rivets. Alex Bacevicius was through the first three innings scoreless, before an outburst of runs for the Rafters made it 4-0 and ended Bacevicius’s day.

The runs for the Rivets were scored by Ryan Cole and Parker Bates, on a bases loaded walk, and a wild pitch, respectively. Rockford left a total of eight Rivets on base.

“We had runners in scoring position tonight, and we didn’t come through,” Rivets’ Manager Brian Smith said, “Nobody came through in clutch situations. We get a hit in a clutch situation and we break the thing open, and get some momentum going into the next inning.”

The Rivets finish the four-game road trip winless. They return to Rivets Stadium tomorrow for a game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 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.