Division-leading Boomers rally to beat RiverHawks 3-2
Online Staff Report
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Schaumburg rallied for three runs off the Rockford bullpen in the eighth inning Thursday, June 14, and beat the RiverHawks 3-2.
Frank Pfister and Jereme Milons began the eighth with back-to-back singles off Mickey Cassidy. Joey Gradney relieved Cassidy with one out and walked Nick Kuroczko on four pitches to load the bases. Sean Mahley singled to right field off Gradney (0-1) to drive in the tying runs. Ty Nelson singled Kuroczko home to give the Boomers their only lead of the night.
Rockford had led, 2-0, since the first inning, when it scored on a two-out RBI double by Matt Greener and an error by Schaumburg shortstop Gerard Hall. Schaumburg starter Shane Prance, in his pro debut, scattered three hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
Rockford didn’t have a hit after the second inning. Prance and relievers Eric Holmes and Pat Mincey retired the last eight batters of the game in order.
Mincey (1-0) struck out all four batters he faced. He came on to face Javier Herrera with two outs in the eighth. After Herrera went ahead, 3-0, Mincey threw 12 straight strikes to finish the game.
Rockford starter Jordan Liette pitched 5 1/3 innings of scoreless, four-hit ball in his pro debut, but got a no-decision.
The series continues at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 15.
The RiverHawks are home at 6:05 p.m., Sunday, June 17, to play Gateway. Kids 12 and younger get in for $2 on YMCA Family Night. Following the game, kids get to run the bases and the RiverHawks will sign autographs.
The RiverHawks, at 9-15, are sixth (out of seven) in the Frontier League West Division, 6 1/2 games behind the division-leading Schaumburg Boomers (16-9).
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, an independent professional baseball league in its 20th season. Games are broadcast on NTA-FM (100.5). Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit www.rockfordriverhawks.com.
Posted June 15, 2012
Print This Article