WALDORF, Md. – The Newark Bears snapped a 10 game skid with a dominant 11-3 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Thursday night at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland.
The Bears started the scoring early off Dan Reichert in the first inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate. Kennard Jones and Daryle Ward both walked and Carl Everett brought in Jones with a RBI single to make it 1-0. After a Brian Barton single loaded the bases, James Cooper plated Ward on a RBI walk. Manny Mejia ripped a bases-clearing triple to right-center field and Newark opened up a 6-0 advantage.
Southern Maryland cracked the scoreboard in the home second off Mike Loree with a two-run shot by Jeremy Owens and it was 6-2. The Bears wasted little time extending its lead in the vistor’s third. Barton, who finished the game 2-for-5, singled to start the frame. He stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and came home on a wild pitch to push the lead to 7-2.
The Blue Crabs added a run in the fifth on a Patrick Osborn RBI single to pull within four runs. Reichert retired 10 straight before turning the game over to the bullpen, which surrendered four more runs. With Barton aboard in the eighth, Cooper ripped a RBI double followed by a Victor Rodriguez RBI single and it was 9-2 Bears. The Bears collected three straight extra-base hits in the ninth with a Gabe Suarez double, a Shawn Williams RBI triple and a RBI double by Carl Everett to give Newark an eight run lead.
Loree (3-6) earned the win, scarttering eight hits with three runs, a walk and seven strikeouts over six and one-third innings. Reichert (7-5) was dealt the loss, tossing seven innings, allowing seven runs on six hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. Greg Reinhard and Michael Nix worked two and two-third scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts.
Newark returns to the “Den” on Friday, June 25 to take on the York Revolution. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m., with the gates of Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium opening at 6:05 p.m.
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