Anthonsen edges James for batting title
« Back
September 4, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Joe Anthonsen is the Frontier League batting champion in one of the closest finishes in league history.

The Rockford second baseman hit .352 and edged teammate Jason James by two points. Anthonsen had a team-record and league-high 135 hits and finished the season with a 2-for-4 performance in Wednesday’s season finale at Windy City. James was 1-for-4 in the finale and finished with a .350 batting average.

The only FL batting race decided by a slimmer margin was in 1998, when Richmond’s Morgan Burkhart hit .404 and edged Chillicothe’s Gator McBride by less than a percentage point.

The batting title is the first for a RiverHawk since 2004, when Rich Austin hit .359 and won the Player of the Year award.

James, who hit .345 last year, finished second in the batting race for the second year in a row. For the second straight year, three RiverHawks finished in the top 10. Robbie Knapp, acquired in a July 14 trade with Washington, batted .317 and finished sixth.

Anthonsen, primarily used as the team’s leadoff hitter, scored a team-record 79 runs and stole a career-high 29 bases. He also hit two home runs with 50 RBI. Anthonsen was second in the league in runs and tied Southern Illinois’ Brendan Akashian for the league lead in on-base percentage, at .442.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. The RiverHawks open their eighth season in May 2009. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (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.


 Search Archives
Search for:

Browse archives

©2006, Rockford RiverHawks. All rights reserved.