RiverHawks split exhibition doubleheader with Windy City
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May 17, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks showcased their best pitching of the spring. They also faced it.

In game one of an exhibition doubleheader, Rockford used two pitchers who combined on a two-hitter to knock off Windy City 2-1. The ThunderBolts took the nightcap by the same score, using three pitchers to throw a one-hitter.

An RBI triple from RiverHawks right fielder Matt Sauls ignited a two-run second inning, which provided all the run support Rockford starter Garrett Bauer needed. The left-handed Bauer pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing only one earned run while striking out one. Windy City’s only offense came on a solo home run from center fielder Mike Coles in the fourth inning.

In game two, the ThunderBolts jumped on the board early when leadoff hitter Scott Bolster drew a walk and scored on an RBI single from shortstop Wes Long . They put the game away when Bolster drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh. Rockford’s lone hit came in the bottom of the first inning when leadoff hitter Joe Anthonson singled. But Windy City starter Jordan Smoler induced a double play and a groundout, coasting to his first victory of the spring.

The RiverHawks’ scored on a RBI groundout from John Day in the third inning.

With the split decision, Rockford moved to 1-2-3 on the spring. The RiverHawks play their final exhibition game of the year on Friday night at Windy City. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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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