RiverHawks use team effort to beat Kalamazoo, 7-3
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June 26, 2006 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. – After scoring just one run in three games while being swept by Chillicothe, Rockford went on the road and never trailed in a 7-3 victory over the Kalamazoo Kings.

Tanner Watson (3-1) pitched seven innings for the win, striking out five and walking none.

The RiverHawks scored three times in the second inning on just one hit. Walks to Rico Santana and Scott Lefler along with a bunt single by Joe Anthonsen loaded the bases against Kings' starter Josh Martin. Brad Dutton followed with a sacrifice fly for the first run of the ballgame. Gooby Gerlits then reached on an error that scored another run. After another walk, Bo Flowers hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the final run of the inning.

The RiverHawks had three sacrifice flies on the night. Only one run scored on a base hit, a single by Santana in the fifth inning, and Anthonsen was the only ‘Hawk with two hits. The RiverHawks did not get more than one hit in an inning the entire night in handing Martin (5-1) his first loss as a professional. Martin went 4-0 as a rookie last season.

Adam Kroft and Mike Marksbury each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Game two of the three-game series is at 5:35 from Kalamazoo on Tuesday. The RiverHaws return to Loves Park following the series conclusion on Wednesday to take on the Traverse City Beach Bums for a three-game set starting on Thursday.

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) 885-2255. All games are broadcast live on WRHL-FM, 102.3 – the Hub and online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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