RiverHawks rally, beat Kings 4-2
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June 15, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks rallied in the late innings on Thursday to beat the Kalamazoo Kings, 4-2.

The RiverHawks scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to overcome home runs from Kalamazoo’s Ray Gill and Pete Pirman, in front of 2,803 at RiverHawks Stadium. The RiverHawks took two of three from the Kings and split their six-game homestand.

Gill hit his Frontier League-leading seventh home run in the second inning and Pirman, last year’s league Most Valuable Player, hit his third in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

In the bottom of the eighth, the first three batters reached base against Kalamazoo reliever Jeremy Dow (2-2). Nick Johnson bunted with two on and nobody down; the resulting single/error combination brought home the tying run. Rico Santana drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly. Johnson later scored on a passed ball.

Beau Massey (1-0) won in relief. Mike Marksbury got the final out and recorded his fourth save.

The RiverHawks head to Evansville for three games, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday. They return to RiverHawks Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday to begin a six-game homestand. Florence comes in for three, beginning with Tuesday’s weekly Al Grace Appliance/B. Sanfield Speed Dating Night. Single fans are invited to the right-field beer garden for speed dating. They can register at the game or in advance at either Al Grace Appliance, 811 W. Riverside Blvd., or at RiverHawks Stadium.

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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