Aviators downed by Freedom

Staff Report

The Rockford Aviators fell to the Florence Freedom once again Wednesday night, dropping the second of their three-contest home set by a score of 10-1.

Florence starter Casey Henn limited the Aviators to one run over seven innings and got solid support from his offense to earn the win.

Roberto Padilla was the starter for the Aviators, and after surrendering two in the second, he put up scoreless third and fourth frames.

In the fifth the Freedom once again were able to get to him, loading the bases and scoring once before Padilla exited the game.

They would put up two more in the frame to open up a 5-0 advantage.

Will Du’Pont was the only member of the Aviators who was able to get to Henn, tagging the Freedom right-hander for two hits, including an RBI single that brought home Elijah Trail in the seventh.

The Aviators managed to string together four hits against Henn’s reliever Brain Davis, but it was not enough, as the Freedom managed to pile on five more in the seventh and eighth to build an insurmountable margin.

The win was the 18th of the year for the Freedom and the loss was the 14th of the year for the Aviators.

The two teams close out their series in Loves Park tonight with first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

The game will feature a red-white-and-blue “America Rocks!” promotion along with $1 beer Thursday and the Aviators will give away Uncle Sam bobbleheads to the first thousand fans at Aviators Stadium.

There will be a fireworks display after the game.

For more information about the team or to purchase tickets visit rockfordaviators.com.

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