Saturday, June 12, 2004
By Don Delaney
The Camden Riversharks used a four-run seventh inning to push past the Nashua Pride, 6-4, in the opener of a three-game series at Campbell’s Field on Saturday night.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the home half of the seventh inning, the Riversharks sent 10 batter to the plate and used RBI-singles from Kevin Jordan, Dwight Maness and Travis Anderson to take the lead for good.
The Riversharks fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning as Nashua scored three unearned runs off starter Lincoln Mikkelsen. Mike Lopez-Cao’s two-run single produced the final two runs of the innings for Nashua, after James Lofton scored on an Omar Garcia groundout.
With Mikkelsen keeping the Riversharks in the game, Camden began to slowly chip away at the three-run Nashua lead in the bottom of third inning as Dwight Maness singled home Kevin Jordan, who ripped a one-out triple.
Camden then made it a 3-2 game in the bottom of the fourth when Eddie Rivero, who doubled with one-out, came around to score on a Travis Anderson single, which was bobbled by centerfielder Pat Howell.
Nashua looked to add an insurance run in the top of the seventh against Mikkelsen, who retired 14 of 15 batters after he got out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the top of the third inning. The Pride produced three consecutive singles in the eighth to lift Mikkelsen from the game and score the fourth run for Nashua.
The bullpen recorded the final seven outs for the Riversharks as Rizzo earned his first win of the season and Jerry Spradlin notched his sixth save of the year.
The Riversharks and Nashua Pride continue their three-game series at Campbell’s Field tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 p.m. The first 1,500 kids to the ballpark will receive a Riversharks Team Card Set presented by NIA Insurance. Tickets are available for all Riversharks home games and can be purchased by calling (856) 963-2600, on the web at www.riversharks.com or by visiting the Campbell’s Field ticket office during normal business hours.
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