RiverHawks stymie Fargo, 6-3
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June 30, 2010 - FARGO, N.D. – Kyle Ruwe pitched into the eighth inning for the second straight start and Evan McArthur matched a career high with three hits as the Rockford RiverHawks beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 6-3, on Wednesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

Rockford’s Kevin House and Fargo’s Eric Campbell each hit a home run.

Rockford scored twice in the second inning and never trailed. Travis Scott led off with a triple just inside the bag at first base. Rich Austin brought him home on a grounder that slipped past first baseman Jesse Hoorelbeke for a two-base error. With two outs, McArthur singled to right field to drive in Austin. House led off the third with his fourth home run, a drive to left.

The RedHawks made it 3-2 with a run in the third inning and one in the fourth. Fargo got a leadoff double from Jay Cox in the third inning and Hoorelbeke in the fourth, but each rally were blunted by ground-ball outs – Ruwe had 14 – and the three following hitters in each inning all grounded out to mitigate the damage.

Rockford pulled away with three runs in the sixth inning. Patrick O’Sullivan singled in a run on a blooper to center, Austin doubled him home with a deep gapper to right-center and McArthur singled home Austin with two outs.

Campbell hit a leadoff homer in the seventh.

Ruwe (2-4), who left after a leadoff single in the eighth, won for the second time in three starts. He gave up eight hits and struck out one, but walked only one – the lone walk Ruwe’s allowed in his last three starts. Jon Huizinga got the last six outs to earn his second save.

Jake Laber (3-2) struck out seven and walked one, but gave up 10 hits and lost a complete-game effort.

The series finale is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The RiverHawks come home to play Schaumburg at 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 2. The Independence Day weekend starts with postgame fireworks, sponsored by Rock Valley College. It’s also the Friday Fish Fry and Free Gas Friday.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league in its 18th season. 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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