Fond du Lac, Wis. – The Rockford Rivets (20-28) got the lead first but allowed 14 straight runs en route to 14-1 loss to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Tuesday night in Herr-Baker Field.
The first and only run of the day by the Rockford Rivets was scored by Parker Bates when Jacob Vander Wal grounded into a double play. Bright spots in the offense were the two hits from Hal Hughes and Parker Kelly.
Cooper Cain picked up the loss for the Rivets despite striking out seven and only allowing two earned runs. This adds to the impressive season by Cain, in which he was just announced the starter for the 2018 NWL all-star game next week in Kalamazoo.
“Cooper [Cain] did really well until the fourth inning,” Rivets’ Manager Brian Smith said, “Then he just got tired and the defense couldn’t make plays behind him. He is going to get rewarded by starting the all-star game next week.”
The Rivets and Dock Spiders play again tomorrow at 6:35 PM at Herr-Baker Field.
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.