ThunderBolts sweep RiverHawks out of playoffs
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September 7, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks’ fourth straight postseason turned out to be their shortest.

Windy City rallied late to break a tie and beat the RiverHawks, 8-6, Friday at Road Ranger Stadium. The ThunderBolts completed a three-game sweep of the Frontier League Division Series.

The RiverHawks, who won the 2004 pennant, have been eliminated in the first round three years in a row. The ThunderBolts, in the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons in the Frontier League, advances to play Washington on Tuesday.

Rockford twice rallied from a three-run deficit. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jason James hit a three-run homer to the beer garden in right field to tie the game at 6-6.

Windy City scored in the seventh and eighth off reliever Dave Dowling (0-1). In the seventh, Gilberto Mejia singled home the go-ahead run. In the eighth, Josh Horn singled in the insurance run.

Mike Causey (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Matt Petty struck out two and pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save.

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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