Sellout crowd sees ‘Hawks complete sweep with 4-1 win
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August 13, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Tanner Watson pitched seven shutout innings and rookie second baseman Brad Dutton had another big offensive night as the Rockford RiverHawks beat the Windy City ThunderBolts, 4-1, on Sunday.

The RiverHawks won their fourth in a row and completed a three-game sweep, in front of a sellout crowd of 3,341 at RiverHawks Stadium. The ‘Hawks drew capacity crowds each night of the series.

Watson (7-4) scattered four hits and matched a season best with seven strikeouts. He retired three in a row to get out a second-and-third, one-out jam in the second inning, the only serious scoring threat Watson faced.

Rockford took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Joe Anthonsen scored on a wild pitch by Preston Simms.

In the second, Dutton singled in a run and scored on a Bo Flowers sacrifice fly. Dutton singled in another run in the sixth inning. He extended his hitting streak to six games.

Simms (4-7) gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings.

The Frontier League is off on Monday. The RiverHawks then hit the road for a nine-day, three-city trip to Traverse City, Kalamazoo and Washington. The RiverHawks play the Beach Bums at 6:05 p.m. CDT Tuesday.

Following the game, the RiverHawks signed infielder David Keesee. Keesee had played for Ft. Worth of the American Association and more recently for Brockton of the Can-Am League. He is a fourth-year professional who has one-year status in the Frontier League. Keesee hit hit. 208 with no RBI in 15 games for the Rox and .220 with no homers and 10 RBI for the Cats.

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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