Published On: July 28th, 2018
Loves Park, Il. – The Rockford Rivets (23-32) defeated the Madison Mallards on Friday night at Rivets Stadium by a score of 7-2.

“We strung together some hits with runners in scoring position,” Rockford Manager Brian Smith said after the game. “We took advantage of their mistakes and we pulled out the win.”

Rockford scored multiple runs in the second inning after designated hitter Brennan Reback singled to score two runs and put the Rivets ahead early 2-0.

Madison finished the game with five errors and after the Rivets scratched across a run in the fourth inning, they scored two runs in the fifth after two errors committed by the Mallards to go up 5-0.

The Rivets would add some insurance in the seventh when second baseman Kian O’Brien singled to score two runs.

Tyler “Big Country” Thornton started the game on the mound for the Rivets and gave the Mallards problems throughout the game. He went 6.1 innings while allowing one earned run, four hits and striking out 11 batters.

“He’s very confident in his fastball and even tonight he did a good job of mixing in some breaking balls,” Smith said. “He was making guys attack him and when you have guys attacking you you’re in a good spot, especially if you have stuff like Tyler does.”

Rockford will now travel to Wisconsin Rapids to take on the Rafters at 6:05 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 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.

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