South Beloit’s Enderle stays with RiverHawks
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February 18, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – A Stateline pitching product will again pitch for his local team this summer.

The team announced Wednesday that it had exercised the 2009 option on pitcher Matt Enderle. Enderle, a South Beloit native and Rockton Hononegah alumus, was a key left-handed option out of the bullpen last season.

Enderle was 4-2 with a 3.48 earned-run average in 35 relief appearances last year. He developed into the team’s primary long relief option in the second half of the season. Enderle was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his four appearances of three innings or more.

“His strength coming out of the bullpen last year was we always knew what we were going to get coming in. He threw three pitches for strikes, mainly sinker (and) changeup,” RiverHawks manager Bob Koopmann said.

Koopmann said Enderle was a better performer against right-handed batters because the motion on both his two-seamer and his changeup are down and away from righties. In addition, Enderle is working on adding a breaking pitch.

“That would allow him to have a bigger role on the team,” Koopmann said.

Enderle, 23, has Rookie-2 status in the Frontier League.

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.


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