RiverHawk pitching shines in exhibition win, 6-0
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May 11, 2009 - GARY, Ind. – Hits were few and far between for the Gary RailCats on Monday as Rockford pitching dominated an exhibition game at The Steel Yard.

RiverHawks hurlers limited the RailCats to five hits and combined for eleven strikeouts in the 11-inning interleague contest, a 6-0 Rockford win. Rob Neigebauer led the way with three scoreless innings, and former Rockford College pitcher Fabian Gomez struck out four in two innings of relief for the win. Brian Carr was handed the loss for Gary.

Jason James broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a RBI single, which drove in center fielder Mike Goetz. Mike Kalina also brought in a pair of runs with a single. A third run scored on a throwing error from RailCats center fielder Rob Marconi. Joe Dempsey, a returner from 2008, had a two-run single in the ninth to cap the RiverHawks’ offense.

The win was the second in a row for the RiverHawks over the RailCats and brought their preseason record to 2-2. Rockford travels to Windy City on Tuesday for a 12 p.m. doubleheader against the ThunderBolts.

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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