July 9, 2014

Aviators top Gateway in 14-inning contest

Rockford first baseman Kenny Bryant drove in Jeff Kremer on a 14th inning single and the Aviators picked up a 5-4 walk-off win in the series opener Tuesday night at Aviators Stadium.

With the game tied 4-4 in the 14th inning, Bryant drove in his third run of the game after Kremer doubled for his fifth hit of the game.

The scored had been tied 4-4 since the eighth inning. Both teams collected 16 hits with the Grizzlies stranding 15 runners on base.

Ben Waldrip went 4-for-7 to lead the Grizzlies offense while Kale Kiser and Niko Vasquez both picked up three hits.

Gateway (31-16) scored their first run of the game on a Rockford first inning error to take an early 1-0 lead.

Rockford (21-23) outfielder Edgar Corcino answered with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning before Gateway reeled off three straight runs.

Michael Wing drove in a run with a single in the third inning while Xavier Macklin and Landon Hernandez hit solo home runs in the fourth and fifth innings to give Gateway a 4-1 lead.

Rockford scored two runs on four hits off of Grizzlies starting pitcher Tucker Jensen in the sixth inning to make the score 4-3.

Jensen allowed three runs on ten hits in six innings of work. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out one and didn't walk a batter while collecting a no-decision.

Rockford tied the game in the eighth inning on a Bryant lead off solo home run against Grizzlies reliever Luke Westphal.

The Grizzlies and Aviators play a day game on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. Right-hander Ja'Vaun West (6-1) will make the start for the Grizzlies.

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