‘Bolts strike Rockford 7-3, win series
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June 8, 2007 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – The RiverHawks will return to Road Ranger Stadium on Saturday night in last place in the Frontier League central division.

Trailing all night, Rockford was unable to win its second straight game, losing 7-3 to Windy City on Friday night in Crestwood.

The ThunderBolts jumped on the board in the first inning, scoring three runs off RiverHawks starter John Gragg. Rob Marconi opened the bottom of the inning with a triple and scored on a double play. A two-run single from catcher J.P. Lowen capped Windy City scoring in the first. The ThunderBolts added two more in the second, highlighted by Wes Long’s RBI single.

Rockford rallied for two runs in the third. Brad Dutton singled to start the inning and promptly stole second base. He would score on an RBI double from Alhaji Turray. Jason James followed with an RBI double, cutting the Windy City lead to three. It is the sixth game in a row that Turray and James have produced back-to-back hits.

Windy City added a run in the fourth after Ryan Graham reached on a Joe Anthonsen error. He would score on a John McCarthy single.

Gragg (0-3) lost his third decision of the year, allowing six runs, five earned, over five innings. He gave up eight hits, walked four and fanned three.

In the sixth Turray drew a walk and stole second. Windy City starter Jeff Mault (2-0) would leave the game after tossing 5 2/3 innings of three-run, four-hit ball. He struck out four batters and walked four. With Mike Causey relieving Mault , Will Henderson reached on an infield RBI single, scoring Turray, and bringing the RiverHawks within three runs. It would be as close as Rockford would get.

Windy City added an insurance run in the ninth as Scott Billak started the inning with a double off relief pitcher Bobby Mack. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Marconi’s two-out hit, making it a 7-3 game.

Matt Petty finished off the RiverHawks in the ninth, allowing just two walks.

James extended his hitting streak to eight-games. Turray now has a six-game hitting streak and had doubled in five-straight games. Both starting pitchers committed balks.

After splitting the first two games of the five-game series, Rockford lost two of its next three to first-place Windy City. The RiverHawks open a four-game series against Kalamazoo, Saturday night at Road Ranger Stadium

The RiverHawks are the Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. All games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM). Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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