Kalina homers, but RiverHawks drop exhibition
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May 7, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – New RiverHawk Mike Kalina homered in his first at-bat, but Rockford dropped an interleague exhibition game, 7-3, to Joliet of the Northern League on Thursday.

Kalina, a former Northwestern University player, led off the sixth inning with a pinch-hit home run to right field. The center fielder added two singles in a 3-for-3 performance.

The JackHammers never trailed. Joliet scored three unearned runs in the fourth inning off losing pitcher Trevor Caughey to break a scoreless tie. Wally Backman Jr.’s one-out single was the only hit of the inning.

Rockford pitching did not allow an earned run until the eighth inning. Ryan Arcadia’s RBI single to center keyed a three-run outburst that put the game out of reach.

Grant Johnson struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief and earned the win.

Corey Lozano was 2-for-2 in a losing effort.

The RiverHawks face another Northern League opponent on Friday, when they travel to Schaumburg for a 3 p.m. game against the Flyers.

The Rockford RiverHawks are the most highly attended minor-league baseball team in the Stateline. 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. Thursday, May 21 at Windy City and play their home opener at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, 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 ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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