Rockford bats quieted in 4-1 loss
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June 24, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks’ first outing was a minor speed bump for Kurt Hartfelder.

The Chillicothe right-hander gave up back-to-back extra-base hits to begin the bottom of the first inning. Hartfelder didn’t give up another hit the rest of the night as the Paints beat the RiverHawks, 4-1.

Hartfelder and closer Eric Teall combined on a two-hitter, in front of 2,341 at RiverHawks Stadium. Hartfelder (5-1), the Frontier League ERA leader, struck out seven and walked one in eight innings. Teall struck out two and pitched a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save.

The RiverHawks tied the game at 1-1 two batters into the first inning, on Joe Anthonsen’s triple to right-center and Brad Dutton’s RBI double to right field. Hartfelder retired the next 14 batters in order and Rockford did not advance another runner beyond first base.

Rockford starter Joe Barbosa gave up two runs on four hits in five innings, but lost his first appearance since September shoulder surgery. Brian Colopy put Chillicothe in front to stay with a RBI double in the second inning.

The RiverHawks have been held to a run on seven hits in the first two games of the series. Chillicothe has won seven in a row.

The ‘Hawks are in danger of being swept when the series concludes at 6:05 p.m. Sunday. The Rockford Register Star and the Great Lakes Baseball Academy sponsor Family Night. A package of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft drinks is available for just $40. Kids get to run the bases after the game.

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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