RiverHawks fall in extras
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June 11, 2008 - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – In a night-long pitchers' duel, a small bout of wildness cost the RiverHawks a ballgame in a 1-0, 11-inning loss.

Shawn Balteff (0-1) hit Mike Goetz leading off the bottom of the eleventh and balked the runner to second with none out. Moments later, Kyle Maunus drove a 3-1 pitch from Drew Himes down the right field line with the bases loaded and none out to score the winning run.

With Goetz at second and nobody out, Steve Young beat out a bunt to put runners at the corners. Himes entered and intentionally walked Jake Whitesides, setting up Maunus’ heroics.

Ted Gjeldum (1-0) pitched a perfect frame in the top of the 11th to earn the win.

The RiverHawks threatened in the late innings. Matt Mazurek doubled to start the seventh and took third on a sacrifice but was stranded. Chris Raber started the ninth with a single and took second on a sacrifice, but he was caught trying to steal third.

One night after James Cramphin and the RiverHawks bullpen combined for a one-hitter, Garrett Bauer was nearly as sharp. He allowed no runs on three hits and two walks in eight innings. He struck out nine, one shy of tying a career high.

Brett Bostelman was equally impressive. He pitched into the ninth, allowing no runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out four.

The series concludes Thursday with another 6:05 p.m. start. The RiverHawks come back home for a fatwallet.com Friday night to start a six-game home stand, beginning with a contest against Kalamazoo at 7:05 p.m. Fireworks follow the game.

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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