|July 6, 2008 - EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After two low-scoring affairs in the first two games, the Rockford RiverHawks found their offense in the rubber game of the weekend series at Evansville. The ‘Hawks scored runs in all but two innings as they defeated the Otters, 11-3.
Rockford got the scoring underway early, as Joe Anthonsen scored the game’s opening tally after a throwing error on Evansville catcher Tom Pennino. The RiverHawks would add three more runs in the second, courtesy of three RBI singles by Mike Scripture, Joe Anthonsen, and Brad Dutton.
After being held scoreless in the third, Rockford would get single runs in the next four innings. The RiverHawks would cap off their scoring in the eighth, tallying three more runs off reliever Kyle Pawelczyk. After back-to-back walks from Robert Sabates and Chris Raber to start the inning, Brandon Cohen would hit a single that Evansville right fielder Tycen Povey had a difficult time handling. Povey would be charged with two errors on the play, one for mishandling the ball, and the second for overthrowing home plate. Cohen would also score in the inning.
The Evansville Otters would break up starting pitcher Garrett Bauer’s shut out attempt in the seventh inning. Isaac Omura would come in to score after a Christian Reyes triple, and Reyes would score himself on a sacrifice fly by Adam Kampsen. Evansville would get their final run in the eighth, when Chris Crescenzi would score on a Daniel Burton single.
Garrett Bauer (5-2) would earn the victory, pitching seven innings. Dustin Renfrow (0-3) took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits, despite striking out six and only walking one batter himself. Joe Anthonsen would reach base five times, going 3-for-3, scoring three runs. The Evansville Otters were charged with six errors in the ball game, resulting in five of the 11 Rockford runs being unearned.
After an off-day Monday, the RiverHawks open a three-game set with the Florence Freedom at Champion Window Field. Chris Schutt (2-5, 5.09) will go against lefty Josh Bruns (5-2, 6.47) for the 6:05 p.m. start Tuesday in Florence, Kentucky.
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.