RiverHawks, ‘Bolts split doubleheader
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June 6, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Despite being held hitless through four innings twice on Tuesday, the Rockford RiverHawks managed a split of their doubleheader with Windy City.

In the opener, Brady Salter and Mike Marksbury outdueled a pack of ThunderBolts pitchers and combined on a four-hitter for a 3-1 win. In the nightcap, three Windy City pitchers held the RiverHawks to a season-low two hits and beat Rockford, 9-2, at Road Ranger Stadium.

Alhaji Turay and Jason James delivered back-to-back doubles in each game for the RiverHawks, but only in the opener did they spark a winning rally.

In the first game, Matt Hagen hit a leadoff home run in the fifth inning to tie the game. An inning later, Turay hit a RBI double to left off reliever Scott Taylor and scored on James’ double. Taylor (1-1), who entering following four no-hit innings from spot starter Brock Hunton, took the loss.

Salter (1-1), a native of nearby Oregon, did not give up an earned run and scattered two hits over six innings for his first professional win. Marksbury stranded the tying runs on base in the seventh and earned his third save.

In the nightcap, Windy City starter Shawn Phillips struck out eight and scattered a run on two hits over five innings. Phillips (2-1) retired the first 12 in order before Turay and James opened the fifth inning with back-to-back doubles.

By that point, Windy City was firmly in control. Josh Horn’s RBI single in the second broke a scoreless tie. The ThunderBolts scored five unearned runs in the fifth inning, thanks to three Rockford errors, and drove starter Dave Dowling (1-2) from the game. Rockford totaled a season-high four errors.

The teams play a single game at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. Courier Printing and Culvers sponsor the premier of the “Hawks Go Hollywood” series. Early arrivals will get a RiverHawks poster inspired by the movie “Field of Dreams.” The classic baseball film will be shown on the stadium video board following the game. In addition, Miller Lite and 104.9 – the X sponsor Dollar Beer Night.

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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