RiverHawks edge Kings, 8-7
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June 2, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Garrett Bauer pitched seven shutout innings and Roberto Valiente made a bid for the cycle as the Rockford RiverHawks hammered Kalamazoo pitching for the second day in a row.

The Kings fought their way back with a six-run ninth inning, but the RiverHawks held on for an 8-7 win, in front of 3,018 Saturday at Road Ranger Stadium.

Valiente and Brad Dutton each had three hits. Valiente was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI. He was a triple short of the cycle.

The RiverHawks scored four times in the second inning and never trailed. Dutton broke a scoreless tie with a RBI double to left. Valiente followed with a two-run double and later scored on a groundout.

In the third inning, Dutton battled Kalamazoo starter Dane DeValk for a dozen pitches before he singled in a run and drove DeValk (1-2) from the game. Rockford, which won, 15-3, on Sunday, has knocked out Kalamazoo’s starters in the early innings in each of the last two games.

Bauer (1-1) scattered three hits and struck out five for the win. The Kings rallied for an unearned run in the eighth and six two-out runs in the ninth. After Josh Carter hit a grand slam, his Frontier League-leading fifth home run, Rockford called upon closer Mike Marksbury to get the last out. Marksbury earned his second save.

The four-game series wraps up at 6:05 p.m. Sunday. Bryden Motors and B103 sponsor the first Family Night of the season. The Phantom Regiment drum corps will perform. Kids can run the bases after the game.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 15th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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