Kenosha, Wis. – The Rockford Rivets fell 8-1 to the Kenosha Kingfish on Wednesday night at Simmons Field after the offense struggled to stay hot after a quick start.
Parker Kelly got the day going for the Rivets’ offense with a solo home run to lead off the game in the top of the first. Ryan Cole, Wyatt Mascarella, and Tim Lilly were the only other Rivets to record hits. Jimmy Day scored the final run of the game in the top of the ninth.
“Parker Kelly did a great job on that 3-2 count catching one out in front,” Rivets’ Manager Brian Smith said, “He sent it over the steamboat in left field.”
On the mound, Rivets’ starting pitcher Jimmy Burnette got through the first three innings without allowing a run or a hit, but that was shattered to leadoff the fourth, when Marty Bechina hit a solo home run of his own to put the Kingfish on the board. From there, the Kingfish would go on to score seven more unanswered and coast to victory.
The Rivets are back at home the next two nights against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. First pitch for both of those games is scheduled for 6:35 PM at Rivets 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.