O’FALLON, MO. — Even before the rains came late Sunday night, during the River City Rascals’ series finale at T.R. Hughes Ballpark against the Rockford RiverHawks, the Rascals had a pretty good grip on the game.
River City had a 3-0 lead, in the bottom of the fourth inning, and seemed pretty comfortable with its advantage.
Then the rains came and delayed the action for nearly two hours.
But once the atmosphere was finally dry, the Rascals offense exploded for four runs in the fourth, four more in the fifth, and single runs in the sixth and seventh, that gave River City a 12-5 win over Rockford, and allowed the home team to claim their first series victory of the season.
Reliever Nick Kennedy got the win on the mound for the Rascals, after taking over in the fifth inning for starter Preston Vancil, who pitched four scoreless innings, but didn’t return after the rain delay.
Vancil only gave up three hits in his short night’s work, and struck out three, with no walks.
He would’ve been in line to get the win, but starting pitchers have to go at least five innings in a nine-inning game to be eligible to get the win.
Kennedy did allow a run in his two innings, but like Vancil, he only gave up three hits, walked no one, and struck out four.
The story of the evening though, was the River City offense, which pounded out 15 hits, including two apiece by Eric Williams, Jason Patton, and Matt Serna.
Williams and Serna also had two RBIs, as did catcher Charlie Lisk, who was at the plate when the rain delay began in the fourth.
He was facing an 0-2 count at the time of the stoppage, but once the game began again, Lisk knocked a little dribbler toward short that was sure to score at least one run, but wound up bringing in two, as Rockford shortstop Daniel Gonzalez fired a throw wide of first that allowed Lisk to go to second.
River City had that kind of luck all night after the rain delay, and is now 2-1 on the year. Rockford is 1-2.
Both clubs will get Monday off, before getting back to action on Tuesday.
Rockford is headed to Kentucky, for a three-game series against the Florence Freedom, while River City will remain home for a three-game set against Frontier League expansion team, the London Rippers.
London is the only team in the league that does not play its home games in the United States.
Instead, the Rippers will call Labatt Park in London, Ontario, Canada, home this season.
First pitch for Tuesday’s London-River City series opener at T.R. Hughes Ballpark is 7:05 p.m.