Hawks lose finale to Freedom, 11-7
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June 18, 2007 - FLORENCE, Ky. – Rockford’s attempt to win its first series of the year was thwarted in grand fashion on Monday night.

Florence’s nine-run, nine-hit fifth inning, put the game away and drop Rockford, 11-7, on Monday in Kentucky.

With the ‘Hawks leading 4-2, Greg Stone singled off Rockford starter Dave Dowling. He then advanced to third on a bunt single from Reggie Watson. Ryan Basham drew a walk to load the bases and Beau Blacken ripped an RBI single to left. A two-run double from Josh Lex chased Dowling from the game. Drew Himes relieved Dowling and promptly allowed four runs in 1/3 of an inning, highlighted by a RBI double from Eddie Gonzalez. Bobby Mack became the third pitcher of the inning and Watson promptly drilled an RBI double, capping the scoring. After five innings it was 11-4 Florence.

The Hawks hit two solo homeruns off Florence starter Dane Mason. Brad Dutton belted his first homerun of the season in the third inning and Will Henderson connected on his second in the third. Matt Hagen added a solo shot, his third of the year, in the fifth inning off Freedom reliever Mark Janszen.

The Hawks added a solo run in the sixth on a Jason James RBI double. Roberto Valiente and Dutton both drove in runs in the eighth.

Jaonszen (2-1) picked up the win in relief. Dowling (1-3) received the loss allowing seven runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Rockford returns to Loves Park Tuesday night for the first of a six-game homestand against Chillicothe and Florence. First pitch on Tuesday is at 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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