By Doug Halberstadt
Twenty-one straight games without an off day, that’s what the Rockford RiverHawks are facing. They began that streak last night with the first of six straight home games at Road Ranger Stadium. Tonight (Wednesday, June 8) the ’Hawks face the River City Rascals in the second game of their three-game series. The two teams will close out the series tomorrow night (June 9). Game time tonight is at 7 p.m., and they’ll take the field tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.
The Gateway Grizzlies will be in town starting Friday night, June 10, for the first game of a three-game weekend series with Rockford. Friday night’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. Starting times for the weekend are 6:05 p.m., Saturday, June 11, and 2:05 p.m., Sunday, June 12.
After closing out the six-game home stand, the ’Hawks hit the road. They make the short trip to Chicago for three games against the Windy City Thunderbolts. Then, it’s back home for another three games. This time, the opponent will be the Lake Erie Crushers. They play next Thursday, Friday and Saturday (June, 16-18).
Then, the ’Hawks pack up their gear, and it’s back out on the road for six more games, three against the Slammers in Joliet and then onto Washington for three games against the Wild Things.
This demanding stretch of 21 straight baseball games will come to a close with a three-game home series against the Joliet Slammers June 25-27. Finally, on Tuesday, June 28, the team can sleep in and enjoy a day away from the ball yard.
Barring any rainouts during the next couple of weeks, it looks as though the RiverHawks are about to find out why this time of year is referred to as the “dog days of summer.”
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the June 8-14, 2011 issue