January 31, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks have given up last year’s starting first baseman in exchange for a potential leadoff hitter.
The RiverHawks announced Thursday that they have traded first baseman Will Henderson to the Reno Silver Sox of the independent Golden League in exchange for outfielder Ryan Kowalski.
“We look at him possibly being a top-of-the-lineup guy who’s had some success in professional baseball,” RiverHawks director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said.
Kowalski hit .285 with a home run and 25 RBI in 200 at-bats as rookie last season. He stole 19 bases in 21 tries. Kowalski, a former University of Nevada – Las Vegas player, has 1-Year status in the Frontier League.
Ciarrachi said Kowalski is also a potential starting center fielder. Veteran center fielder Matt Sauls announced his retirement earlier this month.
Henderson hit .265 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 257 at-bats for the RiverHawks. He came to the RiverHawks in a trade from a now-defunct Golden League team, the San Diego Surf Dawgs.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season this summer. Advertising and season-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.