Grizzlies settle for split with Rascals

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 5, 2014 

The River City Rascals edged the Gateway Grizzlies 3-1 Saturday night at GCS Ballpark in Sauget to salvage a split in the two-game series.

A crowd of 5,446 saw the Grizzlies (31-15) fall for just the second time in their last 12 games. That crowd gave the Grizzlies 18,409 combined fans from July 3-5 for the holiday.

River City (27-17) picked up a run in the third inning on a Josh Ludy sacrifice fly and another run in the fifth inning on a Ludy solo homer to right.

River City added its final run in the sixth inning against Gateway starting pitcher Kerry Kelley on a successful squeeze bunt from Evan Crawford to make it 3-0.

Kelley (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. The rookie left-hander struck out four and walked two.

Gateway didn't pick up a hit until the eighth, when Michael Johnson recorded a one-out triple. Johnson came in to score on a Niko Vasquez sacrifice fly.

The Grizzlies will enjoy two off days before returning to action Tuesday night at Rockford.

Right-hander Tucker Jensen (5-1) will make the start for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 from Aviators Stadium on Tuesday night.

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