July 1, 2007 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – One night after Windy City snapped Rockford’s nine-game winning streak, the ‘Hawks returned the favor to halt the ThunderBolts 12-game swing.
Rockford rallied for four runs over the games final two frames to shock Windy City, 4-1, in Crestwood on Sunday afternoon.
Mike Marksbury (13) closed the door in the ninth for the save, sending the four-game, split-site series to Rockford with the ‘Hawks record standing at 20-18.
Windy City jumped on the board in the fourth inning as Scott Balster scored on a pitch that got away from RiverHawks catcher Justus Kimbrough. It would be the only run allowed by Rockford pitching.
‘Hawks starter Tanner Watson was strong in his fourth start, lasting seven innings and allowing just one run. Watson (3-0) picked up the win and fanned five.
Rockford rallied for two runs in the ninth inning. Jason James lined an RBI single to left field scoring Sean McFadden and making it a 1-1 tilt. Will Henderson followed with a run-scoring single to center to put the ‘Hawks ahead for good.
The RiverHawks added two more runs in the ninth inning. McFadden tripled in Cory Vanderhook and later scored on a Joe Anthonsen single.
Shaun Phillips started and lasted 7 1/3 innings for Windy City. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out four. Matt Petty (1-1) blew the save and was ticketed for the loss in relief. He allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Roberto Valiente extended his hitting streak 14-games with a pair of hits.
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.