July 30, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Washington took an early six-run lead and Mike Schellinger pitched eight innings of shutout baseball on Wednesday as the Wild Things beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 6-1, at Road Ranger Stadium.
The Wild Things earned their fourth win in a row. The RiverHawks dropped their third straight game and fell seven games behind Frontier League West leader Southern Illinois, a 9-6 winner at Florence.
Washington scored four runs in the first inning and two in the second. In the first, Jake Dempsey singled home a run and Chris Carrara doubled home three with two outs. In the second inning, Brett Grandstrand doubled home a run and scored on Brad Arnett’s two-out single. Rockford starter Peden Rucker (2-2) lasted just 1 2/3 innings.
Schellinger (8-3) struck out four and walked five without a strikeout. Rockford rallied for a run against the bullpen in the ninth.
Joe Anthonsen was 0-for-4 and his hitting streak ended at 10 games. His 27-game on-base streak also ended.
The series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Thirsty Thursday. Miller Lite and 104.9 – the X sponsor Dollar Beer Night. The Army and Marines sponsor Military Appreciation Night, when the RiverHawks take the field in camo hats and jerseys.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and 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.