CAMDEN- The Newark Bears defeated the Camden Riversharks 19-11 in their highest-scoring game of the season on Sunday at Campbell’s Field in Camden.
In a game that spanned over four hours, the Bears cracked the scoreboard first, sending seven batters to the plate in the visitor’s first. After James Cooper was hit by a pitch, Brian Barton, Daryle Ward and Carl Everett each connected for singles off Gabe Alfaro and it was 1-0 Newark. Eric Munson picked up his third RBI as a Bears with a sacrifice fly to plate Barton to push the lead to two runs.
The Bears used an eight run, four hit, third innings that saw 14 batters come to the dish against three different pitchers to take a 10-0 advantage. Isaiah Kaaihue and Kennard Jones registered bases-loaded RBI walks. Gabe Suarez and Cooper each recorded two-run singles and Barton ripped a two-run triple. Camden cracked the scoreboard off Kelvin Villa in the home third on back-to-back RBI hits by Rich Robnett and Chris Malec to cut the lead down to eight runs. Three straight RBI singles by Kyle Haines, Teuris Olivares and Robnett plated three more in the fourth and it was a 10-5 ball game.
Newark continued the back-and-forth game scoring three runs in the fifth on a Ward two-run double and error by the second baseman on a grounder off the bat of Kaaihue. After Camden came back with a run in the home half, Ward, who finished the day 3-for-5, plated his fourth and fifth RBI in the sixth only to see the ‘Sharks get a pair right back on a Robnett two-run shot to right. The teams each added three more runs in the seventh as Jones ripped a RBI triple, his 11th of the season, scored on a passed ball and Barton collected his second RBI with a single for Newark. Camden got their runs on an RBI fielder’s choice, a passed ball and a RBI groundout. Suarez plated the game’s final run in the eighth as he brought in Kaaihue, who started the frame with double.
Kelvin Villa (2-5) earned the win, firing five innings, allowing six runs and 10 hits, with five strikeouts. Alfaro (2-3) was dealt the defeat, allowing five runs and four hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Drew Coffey tossed the final two frames, surrendering just a pair of walks and striking out two.
The Bears will enjoy an off day before returning to field at home on Tuesday, August 3 to kick-off a six-game home stand against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game time is 11:05 a.m.
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