RiverHawks fall to Windy City
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June 22, 2008 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – After an explosive series against Evansville, the RiverHawks bats fell silent in a 5-1 loss at Windy City. The loss evened Rockford’s record at 2-2 on this nine-game road trip.

The RiverHawks led early, as Greg Burrows hit a first-inning sacrifice fly to score Matt Borman for a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived, as the Thunderbolts tallied twice in the second. Phillip Hawke walked and Josh Horne doubled to start the inning. Former RiverHawk Corey Stang followed with an RBI groundout, and Brett Amyx plated Horne with a run-scoring single to make the score 2-1 Windy City.

Rockford starter Chris Schutt and Thunderbolts starter Ross Stout settled in from there. Schutt allowed only one baserunner over the next three frames, while Stout faced only one jam—a bases loaded, two-out situation in the third. Raber struck out to end that threat.

The Windy City lead expanded in the sixth. Scott Billak drew a leadoff walk, took second on Gil Mejia’s sacrifice and scored on Mike Coles’ base hit. One out later, Hawke blasted a two-out homer to right to expand the lead to 5-1.

Both pitchers tossed complete games. Schutt (2-4) tossed eight innings and allowed five runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Stout (2-3) earned the win with nine strong innings. He allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks. He struck out nine.

The RiverHawks continue their road trip with the second game of the series in Windy City at 7:05 p.m. Monday.

The RiverHawks return home Saturday, June 28 for the start of a three-game series against Gateway and a six-game homestand. The first 1000 fans into the June 28 contest receive a Billy Williams bobblehead, sponsored by BOB FM and WIFR.

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.


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