|August 12, 2007 - August 12, 2007 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks fell into an early hole, but made a valiant effort at Hawk Ford Field, coming short in a 4-3 loss to the Windy City Thunderbolts on Sunday afternoon.
A day after hitting a walk off grand slam to defeat Rockford on Saturday, Josh Horn got the Thunderbolts on the board as he doubled home Wes Long in the fourth inning. Rockford had a chance to take the lead in the sixth inning with runners at the corners, but both Matt Hagen and Brad Dutton struck out to end the inning. Then, in the seventh inning, Brandon Cohen was thrown out by Mike Coles at home attempting to score on a Jono Brooks single. Windy City added three more runs in their half of the seventh, sending nine batters to the plate, increasing the lead to 4-0.
The RiverHawks avoided the shut out in the top half of the eighth inning, as The RiverHawks avoided the shut out in the top half of the eighth inning, as Joe Anthonsen scored Rockford's first run on a Gavin Concepcion passed ball. The 'Hawks came within one run when Matt Hagen hit a double, scoring both Sauls and Dutton. Matt Petty closed out the game for the Thunderbolts, retiring the side in the top half of the ninth inning to earn his 19th save of the season.
James Cramphin (3-3) took the loss for Rockford, pitching 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. Brock Hunton (6-6) earned the win for the Thunderbolts, pitching 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven, while only allowing three hits. Windy City takes the season series against the RiverHawks for the first time since 2002, when the franchise was known as the Cook County Cheetahs. The Thunderbolts won 11 of 16 games against Rockford in the 2007 season.
The ‘Hawks are home at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday for the Clodius/Eagle Diamond Dig. Ladies are invited to the field following the game to dig for a real diamond ring. In addition, the first 1,000 get a RiverHawks T-shirt, courtesy of MetLife. Ronnie Gators, Curves and Barefoot Wines sponsor Ladies Night.
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.