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Schaumburg’s Four-Run Fourth Dooms T-Bones

07/14/2006 10:41 PM - SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Schaumburg Flyers (33-19, 2-2) used a four-run fourth inning to notch a 5-3 win over the Kansas City T-Bones (25-27, 3-1) Friday evening at Alexian Field in the first of the two clubs’ three-game series.

With the score tied at one run apiece, Ben Van Iderstine led-off the Flyers’ fourth with a grounder to third and reached safely when Darryl Lawhorn’s throw sailed wide of the bag. Josue Lopez followed with a double to right-center to score Van Iderstine with the go-ahead run, and then scored himself on Ryan Walker’s RBI single. After a Nelson Gord single, Walker advanced to third on a Greg Bicknell wild pitch, much to the displeasure of T-Bones’ manager “Dirty” Al Gallagher, who was ejected for arguing the call with third-base umpire Reggie Jackson.

Geoff McCallum’s sacrifice fly to right brought home Walker with the Flyers’ third run of the frame, and Rob Watson capped the scoring with an RBI single to left field, giving Schaumburg a 5-1 lead.

Lawhorn brought the T-Bones to within two runs in the ninth with a two-run homer off Dan Jackson after Craig Hurba led-off the inning with his third hit of the night. But Jackson got Doug Dreher and Chad Sosebee to fly out before Walker threw out J.D. Foust, who was attempting to stretch a single into a double, at second base to end the game.

Blake Williams gave up just one run on six hits in six innings to pick up the victory for Schaumburg. The righthander kept his perfect record intact with the win, improving to 5-0 on the season. Bicknell (5-6) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on 11 hits in his seven innings of work.

Watson led the Flyers with a 4-for-4 night, while Chris Weekly chipped in with two hits and an RBI.

The T-Bones will attempt to right the ship Saturday at 6:20 p.m., as RHP Hank Woodman (2-0, 6.55) will oppose LHP Dave Dobosz (1-0, 3.79). Be sure to catch all the action on “The Light” 1030 AM or live on the web at www.tbonesbaseball.com.

Game Notes: With his second-inning single, Doug Dreher extended his hit streak to 13 games…The T-Bones signed utility man Robbie Knapp, who was an NCAA Division II third-team All-American at Erskine (SC) College…In his last five games, Craig Hurba is batting .450 (9-for-20) with 3 HR, 3 RBI and seven runs scored…With Friday’s loss, the T-Bones dropped to 3-8 vs. Schaumburg in 2006.