Rivera’s 11th Inning Blast Downs Newark In Marathon Game

CAMDEN – The Camden Riversharks defeated the Newark Bears 10-9 in eleven innings on Sunday at Campbell’s Field in Camden, New Jersey. The teams combined for 33 hits and used 11 pitchers in the 4 hour and 21 minute contest.

The Bears jumped on top early as Daryle Ward ripped a RBI double and Fernando Seguignol sacrificed him home to make it 2-0. Camden brought 10 batters to the plate against Luis Fernandez in the home first and plated five runs on just three hits to push ahead 5-2.


Reliever Bubba O’Donnell kept the Sharks off the scoreboard for the next four innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four. Newark’s offense came to life in the third as Seguignol homered and John-Ford Griffin belted a sacrifice fly to left to pull within a run. The Bears moved ahead in the fifth on Wsrd’s second RBI double, a Seguignol RBI single, and a RBI groundout by Fernando Cortez and it was 7-5 Newark.

Kennard Jones tried to provide some insurance runs for the Bears with a sacrifice fly in the sixth and solo homer off the scoreboard in the eighth, but Camden countered. Rene Rivera and Rich Robnett went back-to-back in the seventh off reliever Joe Winkelsas and Val Pascucci’s two-run shot in the eighth off Michael Nix tied the game at 9.

Nix, who didn’t factor in the decision, didn’t allow another hit over the next two innings. He finished with two earned runs on two hits, with four strikeouts and three walks in three innings of work. Derek Loop went an inning and third in relief for Camden, allowing just one hit, a walk and an intentional pass. Loop also didn’t factor in the decision.

Rivera played the villain as he blasted his second dinger of the game on a 2-0 pitch off Matt Melody to give the Sharks the win in the 11th. Jon Ellis (1-1) earned the win, tossing two-thirds of an inning, allowing just one hit. Melody (0-1) took the loss as he faced just one batter in the 11th.

Newark will enjoy a day-off Monday and returns action at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Wednesday, May 5 as the Long Island Ducks come in for a three-game series. Game time is set for 5:05 p.m. as the team will play two, seven-inning games.

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