Rivets surge back to down Dock Spiders 10-5

By: Larry Larson

After finding themselves down 5-0 in the 2nd inning, the Rockford Rivets scored 10 unanswered runs to beat the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 10-5. The victory is Rockford’s third straight, and even’s the squad’s record at 6-6.

Rivets starter Payton Hutchings (Fr, Illinois) surrendered 5 runs – one unearned – to put the Rivets in an early hole in the 2nd frame.

After stranding runners in the 2nd and 3rd innings, Rockford broke through with an offense explosion in the 4th – pushing across 6 runs with two outs.

Grant Magill (R-Fr, Indiana State) started the scoring with an RBI single in his first game in Rockford. A few baserunners later, Tyeler Hawkins (R-Fr, Louisville) tied the game at five with a 3-RBI triple.

The Rivets would tack on three more runs in the 6th on a throwing error and a 2-RBI single from Wade Elliot (So, Louisiana Tech).

Rockford scored another unearned insurance run in the 8th on a base knock by Elliot, pushing the lead to 5.

The Rivets’ bullpen picked up another flawless performance, with Cade Turner (Fr, Illinois-Springfield) hurling 3 scoreless frames, followed by 1.1 from Tucker Shalley (Fr, Illinois).

After Shalley loaded the bases in the 9th, closer Chan Yao-Ming (Jr, Kainan University – Taiwan) picked up the final two outs to record his second save of the summer.

The Rivets and Dock Spiders will battle once more tomorrow, with first pitch set for 3:05 at Rivets Stadium. Bryce Barnett (R-Fr, Arizona State) will get the starting nod from manager JT Scara.

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.