Rivets Manager Brian Smith said last week that Anthony Dahl would be one of the top pitchers for the Rivets this season.
Dahl (Arkansas) did not disappoint in his first start, where he pitched four strong innings of work, with five strikeouts and no walks for the Rivets. The only run he gave up all night, in the fourth inning, was unearned. Jeremy Orbik (Stetson) and Zack Thomas (Chicago State) provided good support in relief as the Rivets downed the Wisconsin Woodchucks by a final score 8-2.
The Rivets had a strong offensive start, notching two runs in the first inning on a double by Cal Aldridge (Wisconsin-Whitewater) and sacrifice fly by Keith Kerrigan (Triton College). Aldridge and Kerrigan also drove in runs in the third inning, giving the Rivets a 4-0 lead heading to the fourth.
The Woodchucks responded with runs in the fourth and sixth innings, off two RBI from Ivan Nunez (North Carolina A&T). Despite a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, Wisconsin only managed that one run, and reliever Jeremy Orbik was able to get out of the jam for Rockford.
From there, Rockford scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth, and did not look back. Thomas (1-0) pitched the last three innings without giving up a run and notched the win for the Rivets.