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July 25, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Frontier League’s top home-run hitting team unloaded the lumber on Tuesday.

The Kalamazoo Kings got homers from their top two power hitters and battered the Rockford RiverHawks, 13-1, to salvage the finale of a three-game series at RiverHawks Stadium. The Kings, who have a league-leading 70 home runs, were homerless in the first two games of the series. In addition, they were a combined 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position on Sunday and Monday.

Tuesday, Ray Gill hit two homers and Ian Church hit his league-leading 20th for the Kings. Gill, who is second in the league, with 14, broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, two-run homer to left off Rockford starter Dane Towery in the third inning. Towery (4-5) left after Casey Baker led off the fourth with a single. Ryan Brnardic relieved and Church greeted him with a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left-center.

Church was 4-for-6 with three RBI and finished a triple short of the cycle. Church entered Tuesday’s game 4-for-32 against Rockford this year. Gill was 2-for-6 with five RBI.

Mike Cervera (5-3) gave up 10 hits, but got the complete-game win. Beau Massey broke up the shutout with an eighth-inning home run, his second of the year.

River City visits for a three-game series that starts at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Clocktower Inn and WIFR-23 sponsor RiverHawks Commemorative Glass Night.

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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