Trail’s home run lifts Aviators over Freedom

Staff Report

The Rockford Aviators defeated the Florence Freedom in the final game of their 3-game home stand Thursday, getting a huge solo home run from Elijah Trail to emerge with a 1-0 victory giving them their 25th win of the year.

Payton Baskette took the mound for the home team and racked up six strikeouts over five scoreless innings to pace the home squad.

He was opposed by Jeremy Gooding, who kept the Aviators off the board until Trail teed off to lead off the seventh.

It was the fourth home run of the year for Trail, who returned from the injured reserve list earlier this series after missing a month with a broken cheekbone.

Eric Cendejas, who shut down the Freedom in the sixth and seventh, got the win.

Matt Frahm held the Florence squad off the board in the eighth after inheriting a difficult two-on, no-out situation, and Colby Holmes was able to earn his third save of the season by putting away the Freedom in the ninth.

The Aviators now stand at 25-13 on the season as they head to Traverse City to take on the Beach Bums in a battle of division winners over the Fourth of July Weekend.

Tony Rizzotti is expected to start game one of the series for Rockford.

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