Camden, NJ – The Camden Riversharks (17-18) defeated the Somerset Patriots (15-20) 8-6 Friday night from soggy Campbell’s Field. The game featured a one hour and ten minute rain delay in the fifth inning. The Riversharks led 8-0 but the Patriots clawed back and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning. The Patriots are now losers of seven in a row while the Riversharks are winners of four in a row.
In the bottom of the first inning the Riversharks scored on an RBI groundout by first baseman Brian Burgamy and on an RBI single by designated hitter Eduardo Perez to make the score 2-0 as the Sharks had an early advantage.
In the bottom of the second inning the Riversharks plated two more runs as right fielder Colin Roberson belted an opposite field two run home run (2) to left field to expand the lead to 4-0.
In the bottom of the third inning the Riversharks would add another run thanks to an RBI single by center fielder Drew Macias making the lead 5-0 in favor of Camden.
In the bottom of the fourth frame the Riversharks blasted two home runs. Left fielder Chris Walker hit a solo home run (2) while third baseman Marquez Smith belted a two run home run (1). The Riversharks had a comfortable 8-0 advantage.
After a one hour and ten minute rain delay the Patriots rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth inning as they batted around. Center fielder Jonny Tucker drew a bases loaded walk. Designated hitter Jesse Hoorelbeke drove in a run on an RBI groundout while three more runs scored on two Camden errors. The score was 8-5.
In the top of the seventh inning Patriots third baseman Jeff Nettles registered an RBI single to cut the deficit to two runs and make the score 8-6.
Patriots left fielder Freddie Bynum snapped his 18 game hitting streak as he was 0-for-5 on the evening.
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.