RiverHawks move on, beat Miners, 9-7
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May 30, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – No Mike Marksbury, but No. 33 still made an impact for the Rockford RiverHawks on Friday.

Marksbury, the RiverHawks’ all-time saves leader, announced his retirement Friday afternoon. RiverHawks catcher Steve Pickerell, a friend and occasional teammate since high school, wore Marksbury’s jersey to honor his batterymate.

Pickerell was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI as the RiverHawks rallied to beat Southern Illinois, 9-7, at Road Ranger Stadium. The RiverHawks ended a four-game losing streak.

The Miners jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a Willie Keene RBI triple, a Tim Dorn sacrifice fly and a two-out RBI single by Mike Scanzano. The RiverHawks rallied for four runs off Southern Illinois starter Nick Starnes (0-2) in the bottom of the inning. Joe Anthonsen’s one-out single started a string of five straight Rockford batters that reached base. Pickerell lined a RBI double down the left-field foul line to put Rockford on the board. With two outs, Jason James walked with the bases loaded to force home the go-ahead run.

Pickerell hit his first home run of the year, a two-run shot to left, in the fifth inning.

James Cramphin (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning for the win. Roy Bringleson was touched for a run in the ninth, but got the final four outs for his first save.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. K-Mart and Q98.5 sponsor RiverHawks T-Shirt Night.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. 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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