Crushers beat RiverHawks, 7-3
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June 5, 2009 - AVON, Ohio – The Lake Erie Crushers scored three times in the first inning and went on to beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 7-3, on Friday.

Kevin Skogley and Brian Chambers combined to six-hit the RiverHawks, whose two-game winning streak ended. Half the hits came from Jason James, who was 3-for-4 and moved to seven hits shy of Ben Fjelland’s all-time RiverHawks record of 311.

The Crushers scored three two-out runs in the bottom of the first inning. Tim Binkoski singled in two and Gordon Gronkowski scored on the front end of a delayed double steal-error combination.

In the top of the second, Jono Brooks drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, but the RiverHawks stranded a man at third. Rockford left six men on base, four in scoring position.

The RiverHawks’ last rally was in the eighth, when they scored on a Doug Sanders RBI single and a Matt Mazurek pinch-hit RBI groundout to make the score 6-3. Binkoski drove in an insurance run in the Lake Erie half of the eighth.

Skogley (1-0) pitched 7 1/3 innings for the win. Chambers got the last five outs and earned his second save. Rockford starter Rob Neigebauer (0-2) gave up six runs over 6 2/3 innings.

The series continues at 6:05 p.m. Saturday. The game is not scheduled for broadcast locally.

The RiverHawks return home on Tuesday, June 9 for a six-game homestand. It starts with a 7:05 p.m. game against Windy City. It’s Faith Night, when area churches and religious groups are invited to attend the game, courtesy of an anonymous donor. In addition, it’s a Two-For Tuesday, when hot dogs are two for the price of one.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. The RiverHawks play their home opener at 7:05 p.m. May 26 against the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.


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