RiverHawks survive Florence rallies, win 7-5 in 12
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August 4, 2006 - FLORENCE, Ky. ­– The Rockford RiverHawks blew three leads to the Florence Freedom on Thursday, but got two runs in the 12th inning to secure a 7-5 victory.

Jason James (1-0) gave himself the victory by driving in the winning run in the 12th with an RBI groundout. James, who began the game as the designated hitter, began the 10th inning on the mound. He pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings without giving up a hit.

Beau Massey got his second save of the season by inducing a double-play ground ball from Wally Quigg to end the game.

Curt Moenter (8-5) was responsible for two runs scoring in the 12th.

Rockford blew leads of 1-0 and 4-1 with Tanner Watson on the hill. Closer Dave Dowling blew a 5-4 lead in the ninth inning.

The RiverHawks left a team-record 17 men on base, while the Freedom stranded 10 of their own.

The game was delayed at the start by 90 minutes because of rain. Rockford scored early thanks to a first-inning RBI single from Bo Flowers. Richard Quihuis-Bell later gave the lead back to the RiverHawks with a three-run double in the third.

Matt Sauls extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games. That's the longest streak for a RiverHawks this season.

The RiverHawks have not lost to Florence this season, going 5-0. They'll try for the season sweep on Friday. Game time is set for 6:05 CDT. Following that contest, they're on the road again for a trip to Chillicothe and a three-game series against the first-place team in the Frontier League East.

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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