05/13/2012 3:42 PM
- SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Playing in their final home exhibition game of the spring, the Schaumburg Boomers rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take down the Rockford Riverhawks 9-6 on Sunday afternoon.
Rockford opened the scoring with five runs in the top of the second against Schaumburg starter Cameron Roth. The visiting Riverhawks strung together four consecutive hits before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Matt Greener and a two-run single from Andrew Caron.
Roth settled in, battling through five innings, allowing six runs (four earned) with a walk and four strikeouts. The Boomers began to rally in the bottom of the second, striking for a pair of runs. Nick Kuroczko and Mike Valadez recorded back-to-back one-out singles. Nate Baumann loaded the bases with a two-out infield hit and Sean Mahley put the Boomers on the board with a two-run single to center.
Schaumburg took the lead after scoring four runs in the bottom of the third off Rockford starter Alex Kollack, three of which came with two out. Chad Mozingo singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a hit and run single off the bat of Drew Heithoff. Mozingo crossed the plate on a double play ball. Frank Pfister kept the inning moving with a double. Kuroczko walked and Mike Valadez tied the game by splitting the outfielders with a double to left-center. Valadez came around moments later on a Raphael Turner RBI single through the right side.
The Riverhawks immediately tied the game with an unearned run in the top of the fourth. The Boomers took the lead for good thanks to a pair of two-out runs in the sixth. Mahley singled and went all the way to third on an infield single from Cody McMorris. Both runners scored on a delayed double steal that saw McMorris cross all the way from second on a throwing error. The final run of the game came in the seventh on a two-out single up the middle from Ty Nelson to score Gerard Hall.
Five players posted more than one hit as the Boomers slapped 16 in the game, the most this spring. Mozingo, Heithoff, Valadez, Kuroczko, and Mahley all registered more than one hit in the game. Schaumburg posted 27 hits in the two games against Rockford.
The Boomers (3-3-1) and Riverhawks (2-3) split the weekend home and home exhibition series with each team winning at home.