Sidick hits milestone in Things’ 12-7 win
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July 29, 2011 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – Chris Sidick had three hits, including a milestone, among a 19-hit Washington attack as the Wild Things beat the Rockford RiverHawks, 12-7, on Friday at Consol Energy Park.

Sidick, a six-year veteran who has spent his entire career with Washington, singled in a run in the seventh inning and became the first player in Frontier League history with 600 hits. Sidick, the Washington leadoff batter, was 3-for-3 with two walks and a sacrifice.

Washington scored twice in the first inning and led the rest of the night. Sidick led off with a double, advanced on a fly to right field and scored on Scott Lawson’s single to center field. Tim Battle later singled in Lawson.

The Wild Things scored three times in the second inning and Luis Rivera hit a three-run homer in the fourth to give Washington an 8-1 lead and knock out Rockford starter Alex Szymanski (4-3).

Washington starter Justin Edwards (3-2) staggered through a nine-batter, four-run Rockford fifth inning and barely qualified for the win. The first five batters hit safely. Greg Van Horn doubled in a run, Jake Eigsti hit a RBI single and Jason James doubled off the fence in right field for another run. Eigsti scored on a groundout.

The RiverHawks cut the deficit to a run with two more runs in the sixth, but Washington put the game away with two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth.

The start of the game was delayed 34 minutes to clean up after two pregame thunderstorms.

The RiverHawks play at Windy City at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

The RiverHawks’ next home game is 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 against Southern Illinois. Petco sponsors Dog Days of Summer. Fans are invited to bring their pooch to the park. It’s also a Thompson’s Transmissions Kids Eat Free Night.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 19th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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