Watson’s near no-no hands Ledbetter first loss
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July 24, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Tanner Watson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and handed the Frontier League’s all-time wins leader his first loss of the season.

Will Henderson and Jason James homered as the Rockford RiverHawks beat the Washington Wild Things, 10-1, Tuesday at Road Ranger Stadium.

Watson lost the no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning, when Jarod Rine lined a single into right-center field. Watson (5-1) gave up an unearned run on a hit over eight innings. Watson, who struck out seven and walked a season-high five, combined with Bobby Mack to pitch a two-hitter.

Watson, with 17 wins in a Rockford uniform, is second on the team’s career list, one behind Josh Tomsu.

Washington starter Aaron Ledbetter, whose 35 career wins is the league record, didn’t survive Rockford’s five-run fifth inning.

Henderson led off the second inning with a double and scored on Alhaji Turay’s RBI single. In the third inning, Jono Brooks tripled and scored on Matt Sauls’ sacrifice fly. Henderson led off the fourth with his sixth home run of the season, a fly over the fence in right-center. Ledbetter (7-1) left after the first three hitters in the fifth inning reached safely.

James hit a two-run homer to left-center, his fifth, in the eighth inning.

The three-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Dr Pepper and 104.9 – the X sponsor Replica Youth Jersey Night.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 15th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Some games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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