RiverHawks sign three Northern Illinois natives
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January 28, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks announced Wednesday that they have signed three Northern Illinois natives with common threads.

First baseman Scott Simon (above), middle infielder Doug Sanders and pitcher Charlie Hahn (below) have agreed to 2009 contracts. Simon and Sanders both enjoyed collegiate success locally, while Hahn played college ball in Chicago. Simon broke into pro ball two years ago as a teammate of Hahn with the Frontier League’s Southern Illinois Miners.

Simon, a 25-year-old McHenry resident, is a former Northern Illinois University player who completed his college career in 2007 as both the Huskies’ and the Mid-American Conference’s all-time hit king. Simon had 318 hits in four years with the Huskies. In 2003, he was a second-team all-MAC selection and a member of Collegiate Baseball magazine’s Freshman All-American team. In summer collegiate ball, he won the National Baseball Congress World Series Most Valuable Player Award in 2004 and was co-MVP of the Central Illinois Collegiate League in 2006.

In 2007, Simon hit .264 with a home run and 36 RBI in 201 at-bats with the Miners. He was traded last winter to Evansville, released in spring training and did not play in 2008.

Sanders, a 23-year-old Elgin resident, was a National Junior College Athletic Association first-team All-American in 2006 with Elgin Community College.

Sanders was a second-team all-MAC selection last spring at Kent State University. He hit .377 with seven home runs and 43 RBI for the Golden Flashes. He signed with Reno of the independent Golden League and hit .191 with a home run and 12 RBI in 131 at-bats. He also made 10 pitching appearances and was 0-1 with a 6.75 earned-run average.

Hahn, a Rolling Meadows resident who turns 27 in March, has been in pro ball since 2005. The former University of Illinois-Chicago righthander has pitched for Windy City and Southern Illinois in the Frontier League and for Schaumburg and Calgary in the independent Northern League. Hahn, who did not pitch last year, is 5-3 with a 5.64 ERA in 27 career appearances.

Simon and Hahn have 1-Year status in the Frontier League. Sanders has Rookie-2 status.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. The RiverHawks will begin their eighth season at 7:05 p.m. May 21 at Windy City and play their home opener at 7:05 p.m. May 26 against the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.

Notable RiverHawks from the Stateline
C Matt Dettman – Rockford resident was first player signed by RiverHawks, Dec. 2001.
LHP Josh Latimer – DeKalb resident recorded team-record 15 saves in 2004 as closer for pennant winner.
OF Jeremy Busch – Genoa-Kingston High School, NIU alum hit .274 in 52 games for 2005 team.
LHP Matt Enderle – South Beloit resident was 4-2 with 3.48 ERA in 35 appearances as RiverHawks’ primary long-relief lefty last year.


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