'Hawks hold off WildThings, 11-10
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August 1, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks and Washington WildThings gave fans yet another entertaining game on Friday night at Road Ranger Stadium. The RiverHawks managed to hold off a ninth inning rally by Washington, and snapped their four game losing streak, 11-10.

Just like the previous two games, Washington opened the scoring in the top of the first when lead-off man Chris Sidick reached home on a passed ball. The RiverHawks wasted no time in answering back, as they scored six times in the bottom of the first inning. Robbie Knapp hit a 2-RBI single, Robert Sabates scored after a Brad Dutton sacrifice fly, and Mike Scripture hit a two-run home run to right center field to cap the scoring.

After Washington scored one in the top of the fifth, Rockford extended their lead with three more runs in their half of the fifth inning, and held Washington scoreless until the top of the seventh. The WildThings scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game at 9-9, but the RiverHawks took the lead back in the bottom of the eighth. Carlos Rivera reached home on an error by Washington shortstop Brett Grandstrand, and Jason James crossed the plate on a Brad Dutton RBI single.

Washington threatened to tie the game in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded, and Jake Dempsey brought the WildThings within a run when he scored from third when Chris Raber was hit by a pitch. James Cramphin got Nate Messner out at home on a force play, then caught a Josh Geric pop-up, and struck out Phil Butch to seal the victory for the RiverHawks.

Kyle Dempsey (2-1) earned the win in relief for Rockford, while Joe D’Alessandro (2-1) took the loss after giving up the two runs in the bottom of the eighth. James Cramphin picked up his fourth save, getting the final three outs of the ball game to seal the RiverHawks win. The victory snapped a four game losing streak for the ‘Hawks, while the loss halted a five-game win streak for Washington.

Rockford opens up a weekend series at Road Ranger Stadium against the Midwest Sliders on Friday night. Lefty Garrett Bauer (6-4, 3.49) will take the mound against the Sliders’ fellow lefty Kyle Kearcher (5-3, 3.42). It’s the next in the Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame bobblehead series, as the first 1,000 fans will receive a Ryne Sandberg bobblehead courtesy of Metro Medical, BOB FM, and WIFR. It’s also Ladies’ Night, courtesy of Ronnie Gator’s, Barefoot Wines, Mary Kay, and Gold Canyon. First pitch scheduled for 7:05 between the Sliders and RiverHawks at Road Ranger Stadium

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.


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