Camden, NJ – The Camden Riversharks (16-18) defeated the Somerset Patriots (15-19) 9-6 from Campbell’s Field in game one of this day-night doubleheader. The Patriots have lost a season-high six games in a row. The Riversharks have now won three games in a row.
In the bottom of the first inning Riversharks third baseman Marquez Smith laced an RBI single up the middle to put the Riversharks on the board with a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second inning the Riversharks plated three more runs on four hits. Designated hitter Eduardo Perez and catcher Chris Caves each recorded RBI doubles while an additional run scored on shortstop Rex Rundgren’s throwing error making the score 4-0 in favor of the Riversharks.
In the top of the fourth inning Patriots left fielder Freddie Bynum extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single down the right field line. Bynum would later score on a throwing error by Riversharks first baseman Brian Burgamy.
In the ensuing half inning Riversharks left fielder Chris Walker hit a line drive home run (1) over the right field wall to expand the lead to 5-1.
Walker would collect his second RBI of the game in the bottom of the sixth frame as he notched an RBI single to make the score 6-1.
In the top of the seventh inning Rundgren extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI infield single to make the score 6-2.
In the bottom of the seventh inning the Riversharks would add three more insurance runs. Burgamy, center fielder Drew Macias and Perez each tallied RBI singles as the Riversharks led by a touchdown 9-2.
In the top of the eighth inning the Patriots would scratch across three runs. Right fielder Freddy Sandoval laced an RBI double down the right field line then the following batter catcher Yusuf Carter slugged a two-run home run (3) over the left center field wall to make the score 9-5.
In the top of the ninth inning Patriots designated hitter Jesse Hoorelbeke hammered his Atlantic League leading ninth home run of the season. His solo blast made the score 9-6 which would be the final score.
First pitch of game two will be at 7:05 p.m. Derell McCall will pitch for the Patriots while Keith Weiser will toe the rubber for the Riversharks.
The 2012 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Tuesday, June 5th when the Patriots return home to take on the Lancaster Barnstormers at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.