June 26, 2007 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. – RiverHawks manager J.D. Ardnt used Monday’s off day to reset his starting rotation. His ace lived up to the role on Tuesday.
Tanner Watson won his second consecutive start as Rockford won its six straight game, 3-1, on Tuesday night in Kalamazoo. Watson (2-0) dominated the Kings over eight innings. He allowed just one run on three hits and struck out a season-high seven.
Equally impressive was the performance of Kalamazoo starter Jeff Long who fell one out shy of his third consecutive complete game.
Rockford scored a run in the third inning on an RBI single by Victor Roldan. The ‘Hawks added another in the sixth on a Will Henderson sacrifice-fly.
Watson carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Kyle Kmiecik doubled past a diving Sean McFadden. He would later score on a Jeff Gross single.
The RiverHawks added an insurance run off Long in the ninth inning. An RBI single from Matt Hagen chased Long from the game and capped the scoring on the night.
Mike Marksbury (9) worked a perfect ninth for the save.
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.