RiverHawks sign Oregon resident
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May 2, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – A Rock River Valley resident will join the Rockford RiverHawks for spring training next week.

The RiverHawks announced today that they have signed pitcher Brady Salter, a resident of Oregon. Salter broke into professional baseball last year in the New York Yankees organization.

“It’s a perfect fit for me,” Salter said. “I’m excited. I’ve heard nothing but good things about how (the RiverHawks) do things. I’m looking forward to a fun atmosphere and to pitching there.”

Salter signed with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent. He had no record, a save and a 4.22 ERA in eight appearances with their rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate in Tampa. He struck out nine and walked four in 10 2/3 innings. He has rookie status in the Frontier League.

Salter attended Plainfield High School, near Joliet. Though he didn’t play as a junior, he made the All-Suburban Prairie Red Conference team as a high-school senior. He made the team at Illinois State University as a walk-on, then after two years transferred to Division III Aurora University.

He moved to Oregon following last season.

Salter and the other players will report on May 7, with workouts to begin on May 9.

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 at 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. All games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM). Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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