RiverHawks lose two in expansion draft
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November 27, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Frontier League’s newest teams have taken a pair of players from the Rockford RiverHawks.

The Southern Illinois Miners and the yet-to-be-named Slippery Rock, Pa. franchise each took a RiverHawk in tonight’s league expansion draft. The Marion-based Miners took reliever Beau Massey in the sixth round. Slippery Rock chose catcher Bryan Vickers in the seventh round.

Each incumbent team was allowed to protect 15 players from the draft and could lose no more than two players to the new teams.

“We protected guys who we thought were going to be a big portion of our ballclub in ’07,” RiverHawks owner Dave Ciarrachi said.

Massey spent a season and a half with the RiverHawks after arriving from Richmond in a trade for Chris DiBlasi in 2005. Massey became a utility player last season – in addition to pitcher, he played first base, third base, right field and designated hitter. The right-handed sidearmer was 2-1 with five saves and a 3.62 ERA in 32 appearances. He hit .179 (7-for-39) with two home runs and seven RBI.

Vickers hit .234 (11-for-47) with two home runs and five RBI in 15 games.

The first two picks were both pitchers. Southern Illinois took Evansville ace Chris Pillsbury as the first overall pick. River City lost Cameron Cheek to Slippery Rock with the second pick.

The RiverHawks are the defending Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. 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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