RiverHawks pound their way to victory, 9-5
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August 19, 2006 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. ­– The Rockford RiverHawks beat the most powerful team in the Frontier League at their own game on Saturday. The Kalamazoo Kings entered play with 86 home runs, nearly twice as many as the next closest team, and hit four more against Rockford.

But the RiverHawks slammed five long balls to get the 9-5 victory.

Bryan Vickers hit two homers and drove in four runs, while Brad Dutton, Rico Santana and Chris DiBlasi each hit a home run of their own. DiBlasi and Vickers hit back-to-back slams in the eighth inning.

For Kalamazoo, Pete Pirman hit a pair of long balls, while Joe Ramos and Casey Baker also had home runs.

Only two runs in the game did not score because of home run. Joe Anthonsen singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to put Rockford up 6-5. Santana followed that up with a sacrifice fly.

Tanner Watson (8-4) picked up the win despite giving up five runs on seven hits in six innings. Beau Massey came up big in relief, getting his fifth save by pitching a perfect final three innings, striking out four of the nine he faced.

Cooper Eddy (1-3) took the loss in relief for Kalamazoo by giving up four runs in two innings.

The RiverHawks have now won eight of their last nine games, following a six-game losing streak. They will continue their nine-game road trip with another two games in Kalamazoo. The contest on Sunday begins at 5:05 CDT. The RiverHawks will then be back on the road for a trip to Washington for three games in Pennsylvania.

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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