Rivets fall behind early, bats can’t wake up against Bombers

By: Larry Larson

LOVES PARK, IL — For the sixth game in a row, the Rockford Rivets found themselves behind in the first two innings, as starter Bryce Barnett (R-Fr, Arizona State) surrendered 5 runs in 1.2 innings and the Rivets couldn’t come back, falling 6-1 to the Battle Creek Bombers at C.O. Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The loss drops Rockford’s record to 2-5, which ties them with Battle Creek at the bottom of the Great Lakes East.

After Barnett allowed an RBI single in the 1st, the Bombers used four hits and three runs to chase Barnett in the 2nd with the bases loaded. Hruz Wagner (Fr, Milwaukee Area Tech) would come on to finish the inning, but walked in a run to make it a 5-0 Battle Creek lead.

On the other side of things, Bombers starter Burrell Jones (So, Michigan State) shut down the Rivets – allowing no runs and just 1 hit while striking out 6.

After Battle Creek scored a run in the bottom of the 6th, Rockford pushed across its only run in the top of the 7th on an RBI single by Zack Beatty (Fr, McCook Community College).

The Screws threatened again in the 8th as Greg Ziegler (So, Missouri State) and Blake Mozely (So, Missouri State) started the frame with back-to-back singles, but were left stranded. In the 9th, Rockford was set down in order on their way to the loss.

Barnett would take the loss to fall to 0-1, while Jones would get the win.

Rockford will get another shot at the Bombers tomorrow at 6:35 ET before heading to Kokomo for a two game set starting on Tuesday.

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’ 27th 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 250 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 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 Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). 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 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.