RiverHawks’ top winners to return
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February 10, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – One of the top pitching duos in the history of the Rockford RiverHawks is coming back this season.

Rockford’s only professional baseball team announced Wednesday that it has re-signed pitchers Kyle Wright and Brett Durand (above). Each won 10 games last season, the first time in team history that the RiverHawks have had two pitchers crack double digits. The pair accounted for nearly half the team’s victories last season.

“Both guys did a great job for us last year,” RiverHawks co-owner and director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said. “We’re anticipating that they’ll be great contributors to our success in 2010. Both of them are real professionals in their approach to the game. This is a chance to establish themselves at a higher level of the game.”

The RiverHawks moved up to the Northern League from the Frontier League at the end of last season.

Wright, a Frontier League all-star, was 10-6 with a 2.24 earned-run average. Wright became the first RiverHawk in six years to win the league’s ERA crown. Wright struck out 129, second in the league, and walked 41 in a league-high 144 2/3 innings. Wright pitched a league-leading seven complete games – a team record – and tossed two shutouts, tied for the league high.

Durand was 10-6 with a 3.81 ERA. He struck out 110 and walked 23 over 130 innings. In his last five appearances, Durand won three of four starts and picked up a five-out save in a rare relief appearance.

Each finished the year a victory short of Tanner Watson’s three-year-old RiverHawks wins record.

Both pitchers consistently avoided walks. Durand did not walk more than two batters in any of his 19 starts. In four starts, he went more than five innings and did not walk a batter. His walk total was the third-lowest of any Frontier League pitcher with at least 100 innings. Wright walked more than two hitters in just five of his 20 starts. He did not walk a batter in two of his complete-game wins.

Wright, who will turn 27 in April, has LS-3 status in the Northern League. Durand, who will turn 24 the day before the season opener, has LS-1 status.

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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