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June 12, 2008 - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The RiverHawks got another sterling pitching performance and Rockford’s offense broke out of a long scoreless stretch, but one crucial error meant yet another close loss for the RiverHawks.

Mike Epping’s two-out sixth-inning ground ball was misplayed by Jono Brooks, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score in a 4-1 Traverse City win.

Trailing 1-0, Mike Goetz led off the sixth with a double and advanced to third on Steve Young’s sacrifice. After Jake Whitesides walked, Chris Schutt (2-2) struck out Kyle Maunus as Whitesides stole second. Epping then hit the decisive grounder to short that scooted by Brooks, scoring two. Pat Perry followed with a double that scored Epping.

Matt Enderle allowed a run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk issued to Brad Miller.

The RiverHawks held a brief lead after breaking a 20-inning scoreless streak. Rob Czyz’s first home run of the year in the fifth off Brian Rembisz (3-0) was the first score for Rockford since the top of the 4th inning on Tuesday, June 10.

Rembisz tossed a complete game, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out eight, a new career high, and walked only one. He finished the game by retiring the last 14 batters.

Schutt pitched seven strong innings, allowing no earned runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out five.

The RiverHawks return home Friday to begin a six-game homestand. Rockford hosts Kalamazoo at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Fans are invited to celebrate “Halloween in June” by wearing costumes to the game. Fireworks follow the game as part of fatwallet.com Friday festivities.

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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