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Rivets Can’t Outlast Bombers, Lose 6-5

Battle Creek, Mi. – The Rockford Rivets fell 6-5 to the Battle Creek Bombers on Sunday at C.O. Brown Stadium despite out-hitting them eleven to nine.

The top of the fifth was the biggest inning for the Rivets’ offense and Kian O’Brien had a sacrifice fly to score one, and Jacob Vander Wal added to more with a two-out double.

The Bombers answer with three of their own in the bottom half of the same inning to take back the lead, and when they tacked on one more in the bottom of the eighth, it was a lead the Rivets could not overcome.

“Offensively, this is the time of year where you’re going to have to outscore teams,” Rivets’ Manager Brian Smith said, “Our offense kept fighting ‘til the final out and just came up short.”

The Rivets scattered eleven hits in the game. Vander Wal, Tim Lilly, Parker Kelly, and Brock Martin all had multiple hits for Rockford Rivets. Vander Wal went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Rockford Rivets in hits.

The Rivets face off against the Kenosha Kingfish at 7:05 PM at Simmons Stadium.

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.