Florence beats RiverHawks, 4-1
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August 19, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Frontier League’s most-powerful team hit another pair of home runs and Florence starter Gary Lee won a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday as the Freedom beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 4-1.

John Welch hit his ninth home run and Garth McKinney hit his 17th for the Freedom, who have a league-high 115 homers this season. Robbie Knapp hit a first-pitch, leadoff home run to left field in the second inning, his eighth of the season, for Rockford’s only run.

Rockford fell four games behind Traverse City in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Beach Bums shut out River City, 3-0, on Tuesday. Their magic number to eliminate the RiverHawks from postseason contention is 10.

Lee (4-1) scattered a run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings for the win. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Rockford left five runners in scoring position.

Welch hit a leadoff homer for Florence in the third inning. In the fourth, Josh Lex singled home the go-ahead run. McKinney homered in the fifth and Welch doubled home a run in the sixth.

Rockford starter Mat Wilson (0-2) struck out six and walked one over five innings, but took the loss.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. It’s a New Vision Laser Center/Applebee’s Wrapped Up In Reading Wednesday.

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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