‘Hawks half-game out after 6-1 win
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August 26, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Jason James broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer and the Rockford RiverHawks beat the Traverse City Beach Bums, 6-1, Sunday at Road Ranger Stadium.

The RiverHawks moved a half-game behind Kalamazoo for the final Frontier League playoff spot with one week left to play. The wild-card leading Kings lost, 2-1, Sunday at Windy City.

James moved back into the lead for the league batting title with a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance. He is hitting .360.

In the sixth inning, Matt Hagen and Andrew Sweet both singled with one out to set the table for James. James homered to the beer garden in right field and drove Traverse City starter Tony Casoli (3-7) from the game. In the seventh, Joe Anthonsen doubled home two runs and scored on a wild pitch.

Rockford starter Garrett Bauer had a shutout until the eighth inning. Bauer (6-5) left after a leadoff walk in the eighth and won for the first time in four starts.

Pinch-hitter Sam Orr broke the shutout with a RBI double.

The two-game homestand ends at 6:05 p.m. Monday. The Saturn of Rockford Youth Clinic takes place at 4 p.m. It’s the finale of the “Hawks Go Hollywood” series. Early arrivals receive a RiverHawks movie poster inspired by the baseball film “Major League.” The film will be shown on the stadium scoreboard following the game. In addition, it’s the final Half Price Monday of the season.

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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