September 8, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks’ Jason James and Kyle Wright became the first Frontier League teammates to with the batting and pitching crowns in eight years.
James hit a team-record .374 to lead the league. Wright (above, file) had a league-best 2.24 earned-run average. The last teammates to lead the league in both categories were the Canton Crocodiles’ Clay Snellgrove and Joe Thomas in 2001.
James hit for the highest average in team history. Olmo Rosario hit .373 in 2005. James also hit 14 home runs with 48 RBI and had a league-record 40-game hitting streak in June and July. James also led the league in hits (129) and on-base percentage (.455). He tied for third in doubles (26).
Wright was 10-6. He also led the league in complete games (seven) and innings pitched (144 1/3). Wright tied for the lead in shutouts (two) and struck out 129, second in the league.
Brett Durand was also 10-6. His 3.81 ERA tied for ninth-best in the league.
The RiverHawks are moving to the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 18th season in 2010. 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.