RiverHawks commit season-high five errors in 6-4 loss at Schaumburg

By Joe McGehee
Staff Writer

     Despite home runs by Patrick O’Sullivan, Rich Austin and Kevin House, the Rockford RiverHawks managed to drop the first game of a three-game series against the Schaumburg Flyers 6-4.

     A season-worst five errors plagued the RiverHawks on the road at Schaumburg. Rockford’s questionable defense allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate, which provided the difference the Flyers needed to secure the win.

     O’Sullivan and Austin homered back-to-back to start the top of the second, giving the RiverHawks an early lead. The lead was short lived as Rockford committed three errors in the bottom half of the second, which saw Schaumburg plate four runs. The Flyers never trailed after that point.

      Kyle Ruwe (0-4) gave up 11 hits in five-plus innings of work and took the loss for the RiverHawks.

     The series will continue tonight at 7 p.m. in Schaumburg.

Looking Back

     Over the weekend in Loves Park, the RiverHawks pulled out two walk off wins against the Joliet Jackhammers.

      David Eigsti’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth sealed the 7-6 win on Friday, June11. The victory halted Rockford’s four-game losing streak.

     Saturday, June 12, David Cooper scored on a wild pitch from Joliet reliever Griffin Bailey in the bottom of the 11th after stealing second and third.

     Sunday’s game was rained out, and has been re-scheduled as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, August 10.

Looking Ahead

     The RiverHawks play two more games against the Flyers in Schaumburg before returning home for an exhibition game against Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch and the Chicago Bandits on Thursday, June 17. After that, Rockford will head south to Gary, Indiana for a three game series against the RailCats.

     The next home stand is a quick three-game set against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks June 21 through June 23.

Comings and Goings

     Saturday, June 12, the RiverHawks announced the signings of C Travis Scott and P Greg Stolzenburg. To make room on the roster, Rockford released C Adam Shorsher and traded P Alex Thieroff to Shreveport of the Independent League for a player to be named later.

     Scott was drafted out of Lincoln Land Community College as a draft-and-follow pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 20th round in 2005. He spent four years in the Mariners’ organization before being released this spring. In 2009, at Class A High Desert of the California League, Scott hit .285 with 15 home runs and 71 runs batted in.

     Stolzenburg was 1-1 with a 5.40 earned-run average and one save last year at Elgin Community College. Stolzenburg was primarily used as infielder by the Spartans, and was a National Junior College Athletic Association Third-Team All-American selection.

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