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March 1, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks have signed two foreign players to 2007 contracts.

The team announced today that it has re-signed Canadian pitcher Ryan Brnardic and signed Japanese outfielder Fumimasa Ishibashi.

Brnardic was 0-1 with no saves and a 6.52 ERA in 18 relief appearances for the RiverHawks last season. The 25-year-old right-hander, drafted by Baltimore in the 31st round four years ago, still has rookie status in the Frontier League. Brnardic has averaged nearly a strikeout an inning in his career, but has walked more than he has struck out in each of the last two seasons.

“Brnardic is a guy that has a great arm,” RiverHawks director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said. “He just has to throw strikes. There’s a chance that with his arm, he can help us.”

Switch-hitting Ishibashi, 23, is a resident of Gunma, Japan and has 1-Year status in the Frontier League. His sole professional experience came two years ago in the independent Golden League, where he saw action almost exclusively as a catcher. Ishibashi hit .197 with no home runs and 15 RBI in 67 games for the traveling Japan Samurai Bears.

The RiverHawks are the Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. The RiverHawks begin their sixth season on May 23 at Windy City. The home opener is 7:05 p.m. May 25, when the RiverHawks host Windy City. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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