RiverHawks rally early, beat Kings, 6-3
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July 23, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks rallied early and held off the Kalamazoo Kings, 6-3, Sunday at RiverHawks Stadium.

Joe Anthonsen was 2-for-4 with three stolen bases. He keyed the RiverHawks’ three-run rally in the bottom of the first inning and capped a three-run Rockford sixth. Anthonsen broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run double to center field in the first inning.

In the sixth, Bo Flowers and Eric Cavers singled home runs. Cavers later stole second and Anthonsen stole home in a delayed double steal. Rockford runners were 7-for-9 in steal attempts.

Rockford starter Derek Roper gave up a Joe Ramos single and a RBI double from Casey Baker to begin the game, but allowed just three more hits over six hits. Roper (4-4) got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth inning when he struck out Jared Johnson and retired Adam Leavitt on a popout.

Kalamazoo starter Chris Perez (2-2) struck out eight to match his career best, but Flowers’ hit in the sixth drove him from the game.

Mike Marksbury pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. on 97 ZOK Margarita Monday. Margaritas are $3 each. The Fifth Doctors-Lawyers Game, sponsored by Tuite and Associates, is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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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