Rockford’s hitting Woes at Home Continue. The Rivets fell to the Lakeshore Chinooks by a score of 2-1 on Monday at Rivets stadium in game one of a two game set.
Rockford and Lakeshore both struggled at the plate with Rockford finishing with four hits compared to Lakeshores five.
Rivet’s manager Brian Smith said it’s hard to tell why his team has struggled to get hits at home.
“We are going to have to shake things up the next couple days,” Smith said. “It’s just a bad time for a team of 14 to go into a slump while the pitchers are doing what their doing.”
The Rivets struck first in the fifth inning when designated hitter Cade Bunnell hit a line drive just past the third baseman to score shortstop Justin Walker and put Rockford up 1-0. The Chinooks answered immediately in the top of the sixth when they managed to put up two runs and take the 2-1 lead.
Starting pitcher Tyler “Big Country” Thornton made his first start for the Rivets and didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning. He went six innings, struck out six batters, allowed two earned runs and gave up just one walk. Nathan Schneiderman and Luke Anderson both came in for relief and combined for three innings of scoreless baseball with both allowing one hit. Schneiderman struck out three in two innings while Anderson struck out two in his one inning of relief.
Smith was happy with Thornton’s first start and the bullpen’s performance. “Tyler Thornton did a great job and threw strikes,” Smith said. “Six innings, three hits, six k’s and one walk, you can’t ask for anything more than that. The bullpen did a good job between Luke and Nate.”
The Rivets currently sit at fourth in the South Division of the Northwoods League with a 15-12 record.