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Friday, March 25, 2011

Vote for top RiverHawks second baseman


In celebration of its 10th season, the RiverHawks are offering fans the chance to decide who is the greatest player in team history at each position, from starting pitcher to shortstop to outfield. Votes can be cast at the team website,

Voting will switch to a new position approximately every 7-10 days. Winners will be announced at the end of each voting period and all will be acknowledged at a game this summer with an all-time RiverHawks poster, co-sponsored by Lou Bachrodt Chevrolet and The Hemmens, to be given out at a game to be announced.

The newest position is second base. The finalists, determined by a panel of longtime members of the organization, are:

Joe Anthonsen (2006-08) - Anthonsen hit .352 with a team-record 135 hits to win the 2008 Frontier League batting title. The leadoff hitter also scored a team-record 79 times that year. In the team's all-time records book, Anthonsen in third in runs (170) and steals (67) and fourth in hits (309). In 2007, Anthonsen's .974 fielding percentage led league second basemen.
Jake Eigsti (2010) - Eigsti hit .253 with a career-high 11 home runs and 52 RBI last year. He's just the second middle infielder in team history to reach double digits in home runs. Eigsti signed with the Kansas City Royals earlier this month.
Shaff Elkouri (2003-05) - Elkouri hit .300 in two of his three seasons and was a member of the 2004 pennant-winning club.
Doug Sanders (2009) - Sanders hit .289 in his only Rockford season. He was also among league leaders in fielding percentage, assists and errors.
Kiley Vaughn (2003-04) -Vaughn, another defensive wiz, had a .978 fielding percentage and committed just 11 errors while at second base in his two years with the RiverHawks. He led Frontier League second basemen in fielding percentage in 2003 and was an all-star at the position in 2004.

Players are eligible to be nominated at more than one position. Vaughn was also a finalist at shortstop.

The Hemmens Cultural Center is located in downtown Elgin. From contemporary music and theatre to shows for the whole family, The Hemmens features popular acts in an intimate setting.

Lou Bachrodt Chevrolet of Rockford is Winnebago County's premier Chevy dealer. Lou Bachrodt is located near Cherryvale Mall, just minutes from the stadium.

Voters can view a player's statistics online by clicking on the player's name at the poll.

Opening Night for the RiverHawk's 10th season is 7:05 p.m. Thursday, May 26, when they host Schaumburg. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also

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