RiverHawks blow late lead, lose 7-6
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June 19, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Jon Poterson’s leadoff home run in the top of the ninth inning capped a late comeback by the Chillicothe Paints on Tuesday. The Paints rallied for six runs in the last three innings and beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 7-6.

Will Henderson was a triple short of the first cycle in RiverHawks history. His third home run of the season, a three-run fly to right-center, gave the RiverHawks a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning.

Rockford starter Garrett Bauer struck out a season-high six and left after five innings. Chillicothe rallied for three unearned runs in the seventh inning and two runs in the eighth inning to tie the game at 6-6.

In the eighth, John Torres tripled in a run and later scored the tying run on a delayed double steal. Poterson homered off reliever Matthew Mehne (0-1), who entered the game when closer Mike Marksbury left because of injury.

Eric Teall (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win.

The series continues at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday on Hawks Go Hollywood Night II, sponsored by Rochelle Printing, Eagle 96.7 and Culvers. The first 1,000 through the gate get RiverHawks posters inspired by the movie “A League of Their Own.” Fans are invited to stay following the game to watch the baseball classic, which features the Rockford Peaches on the stadium’s video board. Ten members of the Peaches will be at the stadium to sign autographs.

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


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