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July 9, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Jason James extended his hitting streak to 35 games with a home run and a double and Rockford pitching scattered seven hits over two games as the RiverHawks swept Traverse City, 11-1 and 8-0, in a doubleheader Thursday at Road Ranger Stadium.

James and Jono Brooks homered for Rockford in the opener. Anthony Albano homered in the nightcap, in front of a sellout crowd of 3,329. John Alonso hit his second home run of the series for Traverse City.

Rockford swept the three-game series by a combined score of 26-6. The RiverHawks, at 23-22, are above .500 for the first time since the third day of the season. They’ve taken three straight series and have won eight of their last nine games. The Beach Bums have lost their last eight games.

In the opener, Rockford starter Jay Monti (5-3) scattered a run on four hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked three.

The RiverHawks rallied for four runs in the bottom of the second inning and took a 4-1 lead. Aaron Cone tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Brooks homered to left field with two on and two outs. Rockford added three runs in the second inning and four in the fifth. James led off the fifth with his seventh home run of the year, a fly over the fence in right-center. Traverse City starter David Nathanson (1-7) did not survive the fifth inning.

In the nightcap, Rockford recorded its first shutout of the year. Matt Enderle (1-1) struck out five, walked three and scattered three hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win.

Rockford led from the bottom of the first on. James doubled in a run and scored on a wild pitch to give the RiverHawks a 2-0 lead. James’ hitting streak has tied Kevin Holt’s streak of 35 games in 1996-97 as the longest in Frontier League history. James had previously broken the single-season record of 30.

The RiverHawks added four runs in the second inning – two on Albano’s home run to right – to knock out Traverse City starter David Dinelli (0-2) and tacked on two runs in the third inning.

The RiverHawks travel to Kalamazoo for a three-game series that starts at 6:05 p.m. Friday. The game is not scheduled for local broadcast.

The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star celebration next week. The Jim Beam Cubs/White Sox Legends Game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The All-Star Home Run Derby immediately follows. The 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 17th season. Advertising and 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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