RiverHawks can't hold back ThunderBolts, lose 5-4
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July 4, 2006 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. ­– The Windy City ThunderBolts rallied three times against the Rockford RiverHawks on Monday night. Rockford led 2-0 and 4-2, but each time Windy City rallied to tie the score. The 'Bolts led for the first time following a Mike Forbes single in the seventh inning, and the 'Hawks could not come back in kind.

The game was delayed by an hour due to rain just prior to the scheduled start time of 7:05.

The delay did not stop the 'Hawks from getting off to a quick start, getting two runs in the first inning. Rico Santana hit a two-out single, Matt Sauls followed with a walk, and Joe Anthonsen hit a two-run double.

Windy City scored two of their own in the bottom of the first off Rockford starter Dane Towery, on two two-out base hits.

The RiverHawks retook the lead in the third inning, again with two outs. With a runner at first and two outs, Sauls tripled to bring in Bo Flowers, and Anthonsen followed with a single to bring Sauls to the plate.

Towery gave it back in the fourth, giving up three singles and a sacrifice fly, and the score was tied at 4.

Towery led off the seventh by hitting Anthony Seratelli. With Adam Kroft on in relief, Seratelli took third on a steal and error combination when Chris Lewis threw the ball into center field trying to catch Seratelli taking second. Forbes followed with a single to give Windy City their first lead and the last run of the ball game.

Towery (3-4) was charged with all five runs and took the loss.

The RiverHawks had chased Windy City starter Brandon Kellbach in the fourth inning, but failed to score against four 'Bolts relievers. Billy Phillips (2-0) got the win, while Ignacio Estrada got his first save of the season. Windy City used three relievers in the ninth, with each facing one batter and getting an out.

The 'Hawks and 'Bolts will play the rubber game on Independence Day. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Rockford returns home for a three-game series with the Gateway Grizzlies starting on Wednesday.

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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