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Rockford,IL-The Florence Freedom couldn’t take advantage of an outstanding start by Chuck Weaver and lost in ten innings 2-1 Saturday night at Aviators Stadium to the Rockford Aviators.

Weaver matched a career high throwing 7.1 innings and striking out a career high seven.  He took a no decision.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the seventh, the Freedom missed a golden opportunity to take the lead.  With runners on the corners and nobody out, Aviator reliever Andrew Snowden struck out Junior Arrojo. David Harris popped out to first and then Jeremy Hamilton struck out to end the threat.

The Freedom took a 1-0 lead in the third when Hamilton doubled down the left field line.  Rockford tied it in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Brian Bastain.

Rockford’s bullpen retired twelve straight batters from the seventh until the end of the game.

In the tenth, the Aviators got a leadoff single by Michal Hur.  After a SAC bunt to advance him to second, pinch hitter Gabe DeMarco singled into left field off Freedom reliever Daniel DeSimone(8-4).  The ball went under David Harris’ glove allowing Hur to score from third base. 

Matt Frahm(6-0) earned the win by pitching a scoreless tenth.

The Freedom and Aviators will continue their series Sunday night.  LHP Dan Osterbrock(0-0, 3.60) will toe the rubber for the Freedom, while Rockford will send LHP Dan Meyer to the hill for his professional debut.  The game can be heard with Steve Jarnicki starting at 5:50 pm on radio station 1320 AM WCVG and online at gospel1320.com

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