Dutton in Olympic qualifier
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March 10, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Rockford RiverHawks infielder Brad Dutton has a chance to help send his nation back to the Olympics.

Dutton is the starting shortstop for the Australian national team, currently in Taichung, Taiwan for the final Olympic qualifying tournament. The Aussies, who won the silver medal four years ago in Athens, need to finish in the top three of an eight-team field to advance to Beijing for this year’s Olympic tournament.

Mexico beat Australia, 7-4, on Monday. Dutton was 0-for-4 in the loss. He’s 2-for-14 in the tournament. Dutton singled in each of his first two at-bats in Sunday’s 10-5 defeat of Canada.

Through four games, Australia is in fourth place at 2-2. The Aussies play Taiwan, Spain and South Africa in their remaining games before the tournament ends on Friday.

Dutton competed this winter in the Claxton Shield, his nation’s annual baseball championship. Dutton hit .310 with no home runs and nine RBI and stole a team-high four bases in the league for his home-state Queensland Rams.

Opening Night is at 7:05 p.m. May 21, when the RiverHawks host River City. 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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