Roehl ties saves record as ‘Hawks split
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August 18, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Rockford closer Scott Roehl tied the team’s save record on Tuesday as the RiverHawks split a doubleheader with Fargo-Moorhead.

In the opener, Roehl pitched the last four outs and earned his 15th save as the RiverHawks beat the RedHawks, 6-3. In the nightcap, four Fargo pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the RedHawks shut out Rockford, 4-0, in front of 2,183 at Road Ranger Stadium.

Sixth-place Rockford remained 1½ games out of the final Northern League playoff spot. Joliet shut out Lake County, 3-0, and moved into fourth place. Winnipeg lost, 6-1, at Kansas City and dropped to fifth, a half-game behind the Jackhammers. First-place Fargo leads KC by a game.

In the opener, Rockford scored five third-inning runs to knock out Fargo starter Jake Laber (8-4). Jake Eigsti, who hit a second-inning home run, doubled in a run in the third to give Rockford a 3-2 lead. Laber, who threw two run-scoring wild pitches in the inning, left after Vic Buttler’s two-out, two-run double.

Rockford starter Raymar Diaz (1-0) held the RedHawks to two runs on six hits and struck out five over five innings for the win. Roehl got Rockford out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and pitched a hitless seventh for the save. Roehl tied Josh Latimer’s six-year-old single-season save record.

In the nightcap, Fargo scored twice in the first inning off Rockford starter Mike McTamney (2-2). The RedHawks loaded the bases with no outs and scored on Jesse Hoorelbeke’s double-play grounder and Jeremiah Piepkorn’s two-out double. Carlo Cota singled in a two-out run in the fourth inning and led off the seventh with a home run to left field.

None of Fargo’s four pitchers lasted more than two innings, but they pitched out of bases-loaded, one-out jams in the second and fourth innings. Adam Tollefson (4-1), who entered with the bases full in the fourth inning and retired all five he faced – three by strikeout – was awarded the win. Casey Hoorelbeke pitched the last two innings for his second save.

The series finale is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Carlson Canine Camp and Petsmart sponsor Dog Days of Summer. Fans are invited to bring their canine companions to the ballpark. The final State Farm Youth Clinic of the year starts at 5 p.m. It’s also Rock River Valley Blood Center “Straight From the Heart” Wednesday. Fans can donate blood at any RRVBC location and receive a ticket voucher for any regular-season Wednesday home game.

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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