2010 a milestone year
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September 16, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks made plenty of history in 2010.

The team moved up to the independent Northern League from the Frontier and stayed in the playoff chase until the final days of the year. The RiverHawks earned seven walkoff wins, three in August.

Road Ranger Stadium was one of the most exciting venues in the league. The packed house – the team sold out 13 dates and averaged nearly 90 percent of capacity – was the most home run-friendly yard in the league. The RiverHawks and their opponents totaled 140 homers at Road Ranger Stadium.

Many players achieved significant feats this season:
  • Outfielder Jason James and closer Scott Roehl were Northern League All-Stars.
  • Roehl saved 18 games and broke Josh Latimer’s six-year-old team record of 15.
    James became the first player to reach 500 hits in a RiverHawks uniform.
  • Former major-leaguers Randall Simon, Mike Wood and Victor Diaz played for the RiverHawks.
  • Fan favorite Rich Austin returned after a five-year absence and led the league in walks (73) and on-base percentage (.431). He also broke his own six-year-old team record of 69 bases on balls.
  • Kyle Wright won 10 games and became the first player in team history with a pair of 10-win seasons. Wright pitched a late-season shutout to help keep the RiverHawks in the race.
  • Three RiverHawks – Pat O’Sullivan, James and Jake Eigsti – hit 10 or more home runs. All three, plus Austin, drove in at least 50 runs. No RiverHawk reached the 50-RBI mark in 2009.
  • Catcher Travis Scott threw out 34 percent of opposing basestealers, best in the league.
  • Jono Brooks led Northern League shortstops in fielding percentage (.972) and committed just 12 errors, his lowest in any of his three full seasons. Brooks also moved into second place on the team’s all-time steals list and fourth on the home-run list.
  • Brett Durand shut out first-place Fargo on the road in early August, then moved to the bullpen and averaged nearly two strikeouts an inning in relief.
  • Evan McArthur turned 26 double plays, more than any other Northern League third baseman.
  • The RiverHawks earned seven walkoff victories, including three in August.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league in its 18th season. Advertising and season-ticket information for the 2011 season 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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