Former RiverHawks unite for pennant
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September 18, 2006 - Two RiverHawks who never played together in Rockford teamed up to help Alexandria win the title in the first-year United League.
Former Rockford pitchers Justin Dowdy and Curt Borland were in the Aces’ bullpen. Dowdy was on the hill in a non-save situation on Sept. 3 as Alexandria won, 8-2, at Edinburg to finish off the Coyotes in four games in the finals.
Dowdy appeared in six of the Aces’ seven postseason games, recorded five saves and did not allow a run. Borland did not appear in the playoffs.
Alexandria knocked out a couple of former RiverHawks on its way to the pennant. Former Rockford pitcher Eric Montoya was in the Edinburg rotation and was the Game 2 loser. Former Rockford shortstop Olmo Rosario played the final weeks of the season for San Angelo, which the Aces edged, two games to one, in the first round.
Dowdy was 3-1 with seven saves and a 2.25 ERA in 17 games. Borland was 3-4 with three saves and a 6.97 ERA in 34 appearances. Montoya was 10-6 with a 3.90 ERA. Montoya was third in the UL in ERA and was fourth in strikeouts, with 103. Rosario hit .333 with a home run and 19 RBI in 19 games.
Montoya, who played in Rockford in 2002, was one of the original RiverHawks. Dowdy, who spent portions of ’03 and ’04 with the RiverHawks, is the only player to be signed twice off the Rockford roster by major-league organizations. Rosario spent 2004-05 with the RiverHawks and was the MVP of the 2004 finals. Borland was a setup man in the

ALUMNI REPORT II: Former RiverHawk Trevor Hall (2003) was denied a championship when his Fullerton Flyers lost, 5-3, to Reno on Sept. 2. and lost the Golden League finals, three games to one. Hall hit .295 with five homers and 23 RBI in 30 games in the GL. He had been released by Florence and Windy City earlier in the season.

ALUMNI REPORT III: Former Fighting Illini Justin Olson (2003) was 7-7 with a save and a 4.99 ERA in 32 appearances for Minnesota’s Class AA New Britain affiliate in the Eastern League. Olson struck out 102 and walked 40 in 88 1/3 innings. He is the only former RiverHawk currently playing for a major-league organization.


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