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Camden Drowns Somerset 13-5 in Rain-Soaked Game

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

The Riversharks already had one run across the plate when the Mother Nature arrived at Campbell's Field and rains came causing a 1:14 minute delay. When the rain stopped and play resumed, the skies really opened up but this time it was caused by the Riversharks' offense.

By the time the first inning was done, Somerset Patriots pitcher Ricardo Jordan was in the locker room showers and Camden banged in five runs on seven hits. Camden continued their onslaught of Somerset pitching, scoring four runs in the second inning and three runs in the third. We've had some success against them [Somerset Patriots] and I don't what the reason for that is but we had more hits in tonight's game than that we did in the three game series in Atlantic City...if we can get consistent, I would be happy said Riversharks' Manager, Wayne Krenchicki

Patriots' Manager Sparky Lyle got a reprieve in the third and fourth innings as the Riversharks went down in order and the Somerset bats awoke, scoring three in the fifth inning. Unfortunately, that only made the score 12-4 in favor of the home team. Each team added a final run (Camden in the sixth and Somerset in the seventh).

Following a slow start on the season (2-40), Riversharks catcher Alex Delgado has caught fire, going 23 for his last 68 at bats (.336). Delgado went 3-3 on the night with a double, home run, and five RBIs. In fact, Delgado has gotten fact off of the Somerset pitching staff knocking in 13 runs in his last 4 games against the Patriots. He started out 2-40...since then he was like 22-66 [actually 23-68] for this month he's hitting over .300 now, he's been swinging good for the last two weeks. You get him in a situation where he's got some runners on base, he's not just been getting some singles, he's been driving the ball with authority...he's shown me he can do some damage here, added Krenchicki.

Brad Strauss launched two triples to the deepest part of the park (416 feet) and added a single on a 3-5 night. Riversharks' designated hitter Bryon Gainey's three-run homer also sparked the five-run first inning. Starting pitcher, Pedro Flores went six innings allowing four earned runs, four walks and three strikeouts as the Riversharks evened their record to 21-21 on the season. He got through it, he wasn't very sharp...he had a couple of real good innings and a couple of innings where he was missing his location and it cost us some runs. He pitched alright with a big lead and sometimes it's harder to pitch with a lead like I was happy with that said Krenchicki.

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