RiverHawks acquire House
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March 1, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Kevin House has made a lot of trips to Road Ranger Stadium, but this spring training, he’ll be wearing home whites for the first time.

The Rockford RiverHawks announced on Monday that they traded for the outfielder. The Joliet Jackhammers traded House in exchange for a player to be named later.

House had played against Rockford’s only professional baseball team while with three different Frontier League teams. The RiverHawks moved to the Northern League after last season.

It’s the second trade for House, 27, this offseason. In November, the Jackhammers picked him up in a four-player deal with the Edmonton Cracker Cats of the independent Golden League. House hit .316 with three home runs and 18 RBI and stole 10 bases in 55 games for Edmonton last year.

“He’s got a lot of speed, he can run well, he can play defense,” RiverHawks co-owner and director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said. “It all depends on how he can swing the bat.”

House was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of the University of Memphis in the 11th round in 2003. He spent portions of two seasons in affiliated ball. He has also played for five indy teams, including Windy City, Gateway and Southern Illinois in the Frontier League, and Schaumburg in the Northern League.

House, a veteran of six professional seasons, is a .257 career hitter.

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 on ESPN1380.com. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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