South Jersey Baseball:
Saturday, July 31, 2004
By Don Delaney
Ramon Linares struck out the side as the Riversharks had the tying run standing at second base in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was the third time in four games that the Riversharks took the decision down to the final at bat as they fell to the Pennsylvania Road Warriors in the opener of a three-game series on Saturday night at Campbell’s Field, 2-1.
The game proved to be a pitcher’s duel all night long as neither starter would give ground as they held their respective teams in the game. Brett Laxton allowed just two runs, one in the second inning and one in the seventh, while Terrell Wade did not allow a run in five strong innings of work.
The Road Warriors were able to strike first in the top of the second inning as Abraham Ayala doubled home Isbel Iglasias with one out in the inning. The Riversharks pulled even in the bottom of the sixth inning as Rich Barrett scored on a ground out by Dwight Maness.
The Road Warriors second run of the game came in the top of the seventh inning when Iglasias singled home Brady Williams.
Laxton had his most successful outing of the year as he allowed just two runs in eight innings of work. The Audubon, N.J. native allowed five hits and struck out seven. Wade was just as effective as he struck out two and allowed four hits in five innings of work.
Iglasias, who reached base three of his four times up, led the five hit Camden attack with two hits.
The Riversharks will kick off the month of August tomorrow with a 1:35 game against the Pennsylvania Road Warriors at Campbell’s Field. Fans attending the game will receive a mystery gift as they enter the gates. Gloucester Catholic product Jaime Steward will get the ball against Pennsylvania’s Julian Herredia.