RiverHawks Take Opener; Rain Takes Nightcap
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August 6, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks got a win on Monday, but Mother Nature scored a victory as well.

Roberto Valiente doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as the RiverHawks beat Kalamazoo, 4-3, in the opener of a doubleheader. The Kings led the nightcap, 1-0, in the bottom of the third when play at Road Ranger Stadium was suspended because of rain.

Play will resume at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday. The suspended game will be completed, with the regularly scheduled game, shortened to seven innings, to follow.

In the opener, Rockford rallied from a 3-0 deficit. AJ Johnson broke a scoreless tie with a RBI double in the second inning and the Kings scored twice in the third.

The RiverHawks rallied for two runs in their half of the third. In the sixth inning, Matt Hagen led off with a ground-rule double to left field and Alhaji Turay reached on a fielder’s choice. With one out, Valiente doubled to right-center off former RiverHawk John Brownell (2-5) to put Rockford in front.

Dave Dowling (4-5) got the win in relief. Jason Baca pitched the seventh inning and earned his third save.

In the nightcap, Josh Carter led off the second inning with his 11th home run.

Tuesday is the annual Petco/Forest City Dog Training Dog Days of Summer. Fans are invited to bring their dog to the park. They’ll be treated to free water, doggie snacks and pooper scoopers. In addition, Forest City Dog Training will hold a pregame demonstration featuring some of its best students.

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. Most 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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