Paints top ‘Hawks, 3-1
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June 13, 2007 - Chillicothe, Ohio. – Rockford scored early but not often, losing the opener of its longest road trip to date.

The RiverHawks were unable to build on a stunning 5-4 victory over Traverse City on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 at Chillicothe on Wednesday.

Roberto Valiente opened up the second inning with a single and promptly stole second and then third base.
With two outs, Joe Anthonsen ripped an RBI double to the gap, putting the RiverHawks in front 1-0.

But that would be all the offense the ‘Hawks could muster against Chillicothe pitching, as Paints starter Kurt Hartfelder (1-4) earned his first win of the year pitching six innings of one-run, six-hit ball.

Chillicothe evened the score in its half of the second inning, as Adrian Cantu (2) launched his second homerun of the season.

Paints infielder Paul Rutgers had the best offensive game of the night, connecting on three hits in four at bats. His solo homerun in the third inning put Chillicothe ahead for good. Rutgers’ added an RBI double in the fifth to make it a 3-1 game.

RiverHawks starter Garrett Bauer (2-2) lasted five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and picked up the loss.

The Rockford bullpen was strong for the second consecutive game, pitching three scoreless innings as Jason Baca and Roy Bringelson made their RiverHawks debuts.

The RiverHawks’ road trip continues Thursday night with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch against Chillicothe. After playing one more with the Paints, Rockford travels to Florence for three games with the Freedom.

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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