RiverHawks pick up option on Dutton
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March 19, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – After spending the winter playing in the Pacific Rim, infielder Brad Dutton is returning to the Rockford RiverHawks.

The team announced Wednesday that it has exercised its 2008 option on Dutton, who has been with the RiverHawks each of the last two seasons. Last year, Dutton hit a career-high .288 with two home runs, 24 RBI and a career-best 20 steals. In the season’s final game, Dutton led off the final inning with a bloop single and scored the winning run as Rockford beat Kalamazoo to earn the Frontier League wild-card spot.

Dutton returned home this winter to play in the Claxton Shield, the Australian national 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.

Earlier this month, he played for the Australian national team in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Taiwan. Dutton, who started at shortstop in six of the seven games, was 2-for-19 in the tournament. Australia failed the qualify for the Beijing Games.

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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