Bats Go Cold for Rockford in Traverse City’s First Road Appearance
Rockford was shut out by the Traverse City Pit spitters in their franchises first ever away game.
Traverse City’s pitchers dealt damage to Rockford’s batters on Thursday night, limiting them to only 3 hits total.
A key moment came in the bottom of the 8th inning. Malik Williams stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, and a chance to tie the game with a deep ball after Rockford’s Higgins was hit by the pitch. Williams quickly jumped ahead 2-0 on the count, but swung at three pitches in a row to strike out and end the inning.
Head coach Josh Keim shares his thoughts on the at-bat: “Their pitcher was struggling to find the zone and we ended up helping him for out number 3. It was tough. We need to have better at-bats, and capitalize on those opportunities.”
The Rivets will be taking the field for an early practice Friday.
“We are going to work like normal in today’s batting practice, and get these guys some work and some swings.”
The Rivets continue action Friday evening in the series finale against Traverse City.
Game time is set for 6:35. After the game, stick around to enjoy the year’s first fireworks display.
For tickets, call the box office at 815-240-4159.
The Rockford Rivets are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 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 (MIA). 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.