RiverHawks top ThunderBolts, 13-5
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June 7, 2007 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – On a night of broken slumps, Rockford etched its first win in three games, beating division rival Windy City.

Rockford coasted to a 13-5 thumping of Windy City on a blustery Thursday night in Crestwood.

Will Henderson, hitless in his previous 18 plate appearances, launched his first homerun of the year with a man aboard in the second, breaking a scoreless tie. Rockford added three more in the third as Jason James, Roberto Valiente, and Henderson each had two-out RBI hits as Rockford moved ahead 5-0.

Windy City rallied for three runs in its half of the third. After RiverHawks starter Garrett Bauer walked the first three batters in the inning, Mike Coles lifted a two-run double to left. Another run would score on an RBI groundout from .

Bauer pitched out of a jam in the fifth. After loading the bases with one out, Bauer struck out J.P. Lowen looking. Then, after falling behind Ramon 3-0, Bauer (2-1) fired three straight strikes to get out of the inning. It would be all for Bauer on the night, he allowed three earned runs on four hits, struck out three and walked seven batters while picking up the win.

Windy City starter Billy Phillips (0-1) was ticketed for the loss pitching 6 1/3 innings. He allowed seven runs, six earned, while allowing ten hits. Phillips struck out three and walked one batter.

Gerad Bryan, in his second professional appearance, allowed a homerun to Josh Horn to leadoff the sixth. That would be as close as Windy City would get.

Rockford added four runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, putting the game out of reach.

Ryan Brnardic pitched the final two innings of the game for the RiverHawks.

Turay had his best day as a RiverHawk, finishing with four hits in five chances. He launched four doubles, drove in four runs, and scored three times. James extended his hitting streak to a team-high seven, hitting his first homerun of the season. Windy City stranded 12 runners.

Rockford will look to take the five-game series with Windy City on Friday evening. 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. 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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