RiverHawks fall to 9th-inning home run, 4-2
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August 20, 2006 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. ­– The Rockford RiverHawks had a chance to get their first sweep in Kalamazoo in team history, but the Kalamazoo Kings had different plans.

Mike Russell hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a walkoff Kings victory, 4-2.

Rockford was still able to get their first ever series win in Kalamazoo by winning the first two games of the series.

There was no score in the game until the bottom of the sixth inning, as starting pitchers Shaun Parker and Dave DeValk were throwing well. Parker was scored upon first, giving up RBI base hits to Joe Ramos and Casey Baker to give Kalamazoo the 2-0 lead.

The RiverHawks answered in the top of the seventh. Chris DiBlasi hit a two-run double to tie the game. The teams again traded goose eggs until Russell's heroics off Bobby Darling (0-2), the rookie right-hander for Rockford.

DeValk pitched into the ninth for Kalamazoo, but it was Jeff Long (4-6) who got the final two outs of the game.

There's just one more stop on Rockford's season-long, nine-game road trip. They'll be in Washington for a three-game set before returning to Loves Park. Each of the games in Pennsylvania will start at 6:05 CDT. The RiverHawks will then be back home to take on the River City Rascals for a three-game series beginning at 7:05 Thursday, August 24.

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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