In a wild finish, the winning pitcher scored the winning run on a wild pitch Monday at Rivets Stadium, giving the Rockford Rivets their first walkoff win in franchise history as they beat the Lakeshore Chinooks, 4-3, in extra innings.
Cory Wright earned the win for the Rivets after pitching three scoreless innings of relief. Wright, who had started the game as the left fielder, scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Brandon Parr in the bottom of the 13th.
The Rivets tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth, when Cade Bunnell hit a two-run single to leftfield.
In the 13th, the Rivets loaded the bases with one out on a single by Neal Tyrell, a double by Wright and a walk by Cade Bunnell. After Parr got Joe Kubera to ground to a drawn-in infield for a forceout at the plate, his first pitch to Braden Williams escaped Lakeshore catcher Hayden Senger and brought home Wright.
The Rivets travel to Lakeshore 11:35 a.m. Today for the finale of the two-game series. Broadcasts and live streams can be found at NorthwoodsLeague.com.
Rockford’s next home game is 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, when they host the Kenosha Kingfish.