Rockford, Illinois Sports News

Rivets Sign UI-Springfield Pitcher

LOVES PARK, Ill. - Jon Laird will stay in the state to play baseball this summer. The Rivets announced on Wednesday that they have added the University of Illinois-Springfield righthander for the Northwoods League season, which starts next month. Laird, a junior who has averaged more than a strikeout an inning in his college career, has been used primarily in relief this spring, but Rivets manager Brian Smith said Laird could contend for a starting role. "Jon is really starting to grow ...

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