RiverHawks fall in season finale, 5-4
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September 3, 2008 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks couldn’t break out of their late-season slump, falling to the Windy City ThunderBolts 5-4 Wednesday night.

The loss was the RiverHawks' sixth straight, all coming on the team’s final road trip of the season.

Windy City got on the scoreboard first, scoring three times in the fourth inning off Rockford starter Mike McTamney. Mike Sullivan led off with a single. He later scored on a passed ball. Scott Billak and Mark McBratney added RBI singles in the inning.

The ThunderBolts scored two more in the seventh inning off reliever Roy Bringelson. Patrick Brooks singled, and Sullivan walked. Wes Long then doubled both runners home.

Rockford made it interesting in the eighth, plating four runners. Mike Scripture got the scoring started, coming home on a throwing error by ThunderBolt catcher Justin Tellam. Joe Anthonsen later smacked an RBI single, followed by a run-scoring double by Jono Brooks and an RBI single by Jason James.

Anthonsen ended the night 2-for-4, earning him the Frontier League batting title. Anthonsen hit .352 on the season, two points ahead of James, who ended the season batting .350. It is the second time two RiverHawks ended the season 1-2 in the batting race. Rich Austin and Aaron McEachran turned the trick in 2004.

Anthonsen also ended the season with 135 hits, a new RiverHawk record.

McTamney (4-3) took the loss for Rockford, his second loss in a row. He allowed three runs and five hits over six innings of work. Ted Ratliff (4-1) earned the victory for Windy City, tossing six shutout innings.

The RiverHawks ended the season with a record of 48-48, the worst regular season record in club history. They missed out on the Frontier League playoffs for the first time since 2003.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th 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.


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