Kings beat RiverHawks, 7-4, in extra innings
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June 15, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Kalamazoo Kings trailed or were tied with the Rockford RiverHawks for 10 innings on Wednesday. They led for only one inning, but it was the final frame, as Casey Curtis Baker hit a pinch-hit, ground-rule double in the 11th to put the Kings up.

Rockford scored three times in the first off Kalamazoo starter Dane DeValk. They got four straight hits, including a run-scoring single off the bat of Rico Santana and a two-run double by Bo Flowers in his first at bat in a RiverHawks uniform. Flowers was signed earlier in the day.

After Kalamazoo cut the lead to 3-2, the defense decided to take the rest of the night off. Five of the final six runs were unearned as the teams combined for eight errors.

Adam Kroft (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings going into the 11th. But he walked two of the three hitters he faced before being relieved by Mike Marksbury. That’s when Baker hit his double, then two more runs scored on an error by Mike Bidwell to provide the final margin.

Brad Blackwell (1-0) pitched a scoreless final two innings to get the win despite three errors by shortstop Casey William Baker during that time.

The teams have split the first two games of this series. The rubber match will be played at 7:05 on Thursday. It’s a Thirsty Thursday at RiverHawks Stadium; draft Miller beer will be just $1 for the entire game. Rockford will then head to Evansville for a three-game series against the Otters.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 10-team independent professional baseball league in its 14th season. Advertising, ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 964-2255. All games are broadcast live on WRHL-FM, 102.3 – the Hub and online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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