RiverHawks trade for son of “the Bandit”
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January 11, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks have traded for the son of a former Chicago White Sox defensive whiz.

The RiverHawks announced Monday that they have acquired infielder Layne “Boomer” Berry from the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association for a player to be named later. Berry is the son of former White Sox center fielder Ken “The Bandit” Berry, who won two Gold Gloves in a major-league career that lasted from 1962 to 1975.

Boomer Berry signed with the White Sox in 2004 as an undrafted free agent out of Central Missouri State and spent two years with the Chicago organization.

RiverHawks co-owner and director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said Berry will have a chance to be the team’s everyday second baseman and No. 2 hitter.

“He meets all the requirements that we’re looking for: good instincts, good baseball background, good steady contact hitter,” Ciarrachi said.

Berry, a left-handed hitter, has averaged a strikeout once every 16 at-bats in his career and has twice hit better than .300. In addition, he has stolen at least 11 bases in each of his five professional seasons.

Berry split last season between New Hampshire of the independent Can-Am League and Sioux City. Berry hit .248 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 65 games with New Hampshire. Sioux City acquired him for cash on Aug. 7.

Berry, 29, has LS-3 status in the Northern League.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 18th season in 2010. The RiverHawks’ ninth season begins at 7:05 p.m. May 20 against the Schaumburg Flyers at Road Ranger Stadium. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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