Windy City wins Frontier League title
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September 18, 2007 - Windy City completed an unlikely season with a surprising comeback on Monday. The ThunderBolts beat Washington, 10-3, in Game 5 of the Frontier League finals to rally from a two-games-to-none series deficit and win their first pennant in nine years in the league.

Rob Marconi led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run. The 'Bolts scored four more times to open a big early lead.

Game 5 was the only one in the series won by the home team. Windy City lost home-field advantage by dropping the first two games in Crestwood. The Wild Things took a 2-0 series lead home, but the 'Bolts won three straight elimination games.

Windy City, previously named the Cook County Cheetahs, had never before been in the Frontier League playoffs. The only postseason experience in the history of the 12-year-old franchise had been in 1998, when the Cheetahs won the Heartland League championship. That league folded following the season, and the Cheetahs and the now-defunct Dubois County franchise joined the Frontier League.

This season, the ThunderBolts were 68-28, set a record for most wins in league history, and swept Rockford in the first round. The RiverHawks have now been eliminated by the eventual pennant winner in each of its last three trips to the playoffs - Kalamazoo (2005) and Evansville (2006) were the others.

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