By: Olivia Hagerty
LOVES PARK, IL — Despite a post game firework show, Rivets fans saw it early in the second and fifth innings when the team exploded with seven and four runs. The Rivets are now 2-0 in the four home game series against the Green Bay Booyah.
In the bottom of the second, Daniel Carinci started the rally for the Rivets after hitting an RBI double to left field scoring Cam McDonald. Brody Harding, Branden Comia, and Drew Grace also contributed to the seven runs. For his second hit of the night, Grace hit an RBI out to left field which brought in Comia making the score 5-1.
The bats got really heated after catcher Ryan Hampe hit a two-run home run over the left field wall which extended the Rivets lead to 7-1. That was Hampe’s second home run of the season.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Booyah tried to keep it alive after they scored three more runs. It was another impressive inning though that allowed the Rivets to secure the victory.
With the bases loaded at the bottom of the fifth inning, Jake Vander Wal was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded making the score 8-4. Next came Harding who knocked in two RBIs despite being thrown out trying to reach second. That extended the Rivets lead 10-4.
The Rivets play their third of the four game series Sunday at 3:05pm against the Green Bay Booyah.
The Rockford Rivets are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods 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 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.