RiverHawks hold on late, win 6-2
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August 17, 2006 - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. ­– The Rockford RiverHawks jumped on top of the Traverse City Beach Bums early Thursday night, but faced a scare in the ninth inning before getting the 6-2 victory.

Traverse City starter Dave LeMieux (3-2) did not make it out of the fourth inning as the RiverHawks claimed a 4-1 lead, thanks in large part to three RBI from Nick Johnson.

Starting pitcher Dane Towery was going strong. He pitched into the ninth with a 6-1 lead, tying a season-best with six strikeouts. But he got into trouble in the final frame, giving up a run on two walks and a single.

Mike Marksbury came on in relief with two away. He gave up an infield single to load the bases, but got Nick Batkoski to fly out to end the game. Marksbury earned his eleventh save, his first since coming off of the disabled list last week.

The RiverHawks also set a new team record for stolen bases in a season. Five swipes on the evening put their total at 139, besting the previous record of 136 set in 2003.

Rockford departs Traverse City having won the series against the Bums, 2-1. The RiverHawks are now in Kalamazoo for a three-game series with the Kings, the second of three stops on a season-long nine-game road trip. Friday's game time is set for 5:35 CDT.

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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