RiverHawks remain perfect with 10-9 comeback
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May 24, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Corey Stang’s first hit of the year kept the Rockford RiverHawks perfect for the season.

Stang hit a two-out, two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning as the RiverHawks rallied to beat Windy City, 10-9, Saturday at Road Ranger Stadium. Jono Brooks also homered for the RiverHawks, in front of a near-sellout crowd of 3,172.

Rockford ended a six-game losing streak against the ThunderBolts dating back to last August that included a three-game sweep in the playoffs last September. The RiverHawks remained perfect at 4-0. Defending Frontier League champion Windy City is still winless at 0-4.

The game had five ties or lead changes. Brooks’ first home run of the year, a two-run shot to left, gave Rockford a 2-1 lead. The RiverHawks tacked on three runs in the second inning, but Windy City rallied from a four-run deficit. The ThunderBolts scored three times in the fifth inning to take the lead and Phil Hawke’s RBI double in the sixth made it 9-7.

The RiverHawks rallied for three runs in the eighth off Anthony Rebyanski (0-1). Rebyanski walked a batter, hit another and gave up three steals in the inning. Jason James cut the deficit to one with a sacrifice fly. Stang ended an 0-for-10 skid with the go-ahead homer.

Drew Himes (1-0) pitched two hitless innings of relief for the win. Mike Marksbury pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save in as many nights.

The homestand ends at 6:05 p.m. Sunday. Kids run the bases on Family Night. Dr Pepper and WREX sponsor Autograph Book Night for kids 12 and under. Players will sign autographs after the game.

Opening Night is at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, 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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