Late rally caps RiverHawks comeback
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June 24, 2008 - CRESTWOOD, Ill. – On a night when neither start lasted past the fourth and neither bullpen could hold the fort, it was fitting a wild pitch decided the ballgame.

Isaac Hess’ two-out, bases loaded wild pitch in the eighth allowed Robert Sabates to scamper home with the winning run in a wild 11-10 victory for the RiverHawks over Windy City.

Sabates reached on an error with one out in the eighth to start the rally. One out later, Chris Raber walked and Brad Dutton singled to bring Matt Mazurek to the plate. Hess’ (1-3) first pitch scooted by catcher Danny Sawyer, allowing Sabates to score.

Tim Flattery (1-0) earned the win with one scoreless inning in relief. Roy Bringelson pitched 1 1/3 innings to earn his fourth save.

For the second straight night, the Thunderbolts scored five runs in the second. After each team scored in the first, former RiverHawk Corey Stang led off the second with his third homer of the year. After a single and a pair of walks, Gilberto Mejia grounded into a double play to make the score 3-1. Mike Coles walked and was doubled home by Wes Long, who scored on a Phillip Hawke single to make it 6-1. One batter later, starter Jason James was lifted from the game.

Rockford chipped away with a run-scoring single by Joe Anthonsen in the third and a pair of runs in the fourth, courtesy of Raber’s RBI double and a Dutton run-scoring single that cut the lead to 6-4 and knocked starter Dallas Sims from the game.

But the Thunderbolts put up another crooked number in the fourth. Coles led off with a double off reliever Kyffin Marcum and took third on Long’s ground-out. After an intentional walk to Hawke, Coles scored on Josh Horn’s sacrifice fly. Stang drove home Hawke with a single and was along for the ride on a two-run homer from Ben Barrone, which made the score 10-4.

Rockford matched that with four runs in the fifth. Sabates doubled, took third on an Aaron Davis double and scored on Stang’s throwing error. Raber doubled home Davis, and after a Dutton walk, Mazurek singled home Raber to make the score 10-8.

The RiverHawks tied the game in the sixth. Dutton’s two-out, bases loaded single plated Jono Brooks and Sabates to tie the game at 10.

The RiverHawks continue their road trip at Southern Illinois with a three-game set, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

The RiverHawks return home Saturday, June 28 for the start of a three-game series against Gateway and a six-game homestand. The first 1000 fans into the June 28 contest receive a Billy Williams bobblehead, sponsored by Dr. Pepper, BOB FM and WIFR.

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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