Last of Marinelli RiverHawks retires
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February 11, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The last member of the Rockford RiverHawks to have played at Marinelli Field has retired.

On Monday, the RiverHawks announced the retirement of pitcher Dave Dowling. Dowling, 25, spent of his three professional seasons with the RiverHawks, including 2005, the team’s final year at Marinelli Field, its first stadium in Rockford.

Dowling signed with the RiverHawks out of the University of Washington in July 2005 and became the most-used pitcher in team history. Dowling, used as a situational lefty, setup man, starter and closer, appeared in a team-record 95 games in his professional career. At the time of his retirement, “Everyday Dave” was the Frontier League’s active pitching appearance leader.

“It wasn’t easy (to retire),” Dowling said. “I had my first practice as a pitching coach yesterday. I know it’s tough and when baseball rolls around, doing this 40-hours-a-week thing when you’re not pitching is tough.”

Last season, Dowling was 6-7 with a 4.22 earned-run average and two saves in 30 appearances, seven as a starter. For his career, Dowling was 12-16 with a 3.79 ERA, six saves and 141 strikeouts in 149 2/3 innings.

Dowling got married Dec. 29, bought a house in the Seattle suburbs and is pitching coach for a summer team of 17- and 18-year-olds.

“I’ll be able to experience a Seattle summer for the first time in seven years,” said Dowling, who played summer ball in Oregon and California during his college years.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season this summer. Advertising and season-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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