'Hawks rally on early runs to top Bums, 7-3
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July 20, 2007 - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – After a heartbreaking loss last night at Traverse City, Rockford rallied around a rookie pitcher to get back into the win column.

Rockford levied off the best start of the season from rookie pitcher James Cramphin to upend Traverse City, 7-3, on Friday night in Michigan.

Cramphin (2-1), making just his fourth professional start, lasted 7 1/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out four, walked five, and induced four double-play groundouts.

The RiverHawks scored early and often, rallying for three runs in the second inning. Matt Sauls drove home two runs with a single and Joe Anthonsen capped the scoring with a run-scoring single. Rockford added two unearned runs in the third. Matt Hagen and Brad Dutton both lifted sac-fly RBI’s to bring in the runs.

Beach Bums spot-starter Jeff Williams was chased after just two innings. He allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits with two walks. Williams (4-2) took the loss.

Consecutive doubles from Will Henderson and Alhaji Turay made it a 5-0 game in the sixth inning. The RiverHawks added a pair of runs in the seventh off Sterling-native Nick Pepper.

Traverse City got on the board in the sixth on an RBI single from Aaron Garza and added two unearned runs off the RiverHawks bullpen in the eighth inning.

Jason Baca worked the final four outs of the game for Rockford.

The series continues on Saturday night with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch from Traverse City. Another edition of “RiverHawks Weekly” begins at 5:00 p.m. on WNTA (1330 AM). This weeks guests include RiverHawks manager J.D. Arndt, bench coach Bob Koopmann, and clubhouse manager turned coach, Ronnie Nedsett.

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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