‘Hawks head to break with a loss, 4-2
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July 9, 2007 - O’FALLON, Mo. – The RiverHawks will to the 2007 All-Star break under .500 for the first time in team history.

River City rallied late to break a 2-2 tie, knocking off the RiverHawks 4-2 on Monday night at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

River City rallied early against Rockford starter Garrett Bauer. An RBI-single from Andy Bettis and sacrifice-fly of Trey Hendricks staked the Rascals to a 2-0 lead after one inning. Bauer completed five innings and received a no-decision.

Rascals spot-starter Jon Miller was strong in his first start of the season. Rockford rallied for just two runs off the righthander. Brad Dutton’s RBI-groundout in the third inning cut the Rascals lead in half. Matt Hagen, who had two hits tonight, launched a solo home run in the eighth inning to tie the game.

Miller (3-0) got the win, however, as River City rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning. With Jason Baca on in relief, Bettis opened the eighth with a single. Pinch-runner Joe Newman stole second and scored on Andy Bettis’ single to center. Bettis would later score when RiverHawks catcher Cory Vanderhook misplayed a ball off the bat of Jeff Landry. Vanderhook’s toss to first base was wide and Bettis scored on the hit, error combination. Baca (4-1) was handed the loss.

Mike Benacka (9) allowed a hit and hit a batter in the ninth. He fanned Brandon Cohen to end the game and secure the save.

The RiverHawks return to Road Ranger Stadium on Friday night for a tilt with the River City Rascals. First pitch 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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