December 21, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks’ top base-stealing threat is coming back for another season.
The team announced Monday that it had re-signed infielder Jono Brooks. Brooks stole a team-high 30 bases and batted .221 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. Brooks was caught stealing just four times, a success rate of 88 percent, second in the Frontier League.
“Jono’s always been one of my favorite players because he’s real consistent with what he does,” manager Bob Koopmann said. “He wants to play every day and he’s in the lineup every day.”
Brooks has been the team’s starting shortstop since July 2007. In that time, he has a .948 fielding percentage. Brooks missed more than two weeks because of injury in 2008. Despite playing in seven more games in 2009, he committed six fewer errors and a career-best .961 fielding percentage. Brooks made just two errors in the season’s first six weeks and committed a total of 16 for the season.
“His defense has improved every year he’s been with us,” Koopmann said. “I’m real glad that he’s going to be back as a part of our ballclub.”
The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 18th season in 2010. The RiverHawks’ ninth season begins at 7:05 p.m. May 20 against the Schaumburg Flyers at Road Ranger Stadium. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.