South Jersey Baseball:
Saturday, September 11, 2004
By Don Delaney
It was another pitcher's duel at Campbell's Field on Saturday night. What started with Ben Simon and Bubba Hardwick, turned into a battle of the bullpens until the game was decided on a Brad King home run in the 14th inning. King's 10th home run of the season was the difference in the 2-1 ballgame.
Simon showed the form that earned him Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year honors as year ago. He pitched eight solid innings, allowing five hits and one earned run, while striking out a season-high 10.
Hardwick was just as impressive as he allowed one unearned run, two hits and struck out seven in seven innings of work.
The Pride were able to get on the board with two outs in the top of the third inning as Dante Bichette singled home Ricardo Cordova, who singled to open the inning. The Riversharks got the run back in the home half of the fourth inning as Ryan Jones singled off the foot of Hardwick to score Stoney Briggs.
From there the game would remain scoreless as each team would have just three runners in scoring position until the 14th inning when the game was finalized.
The Riversharks and Nashua Pride complete their three game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. at Campbell’s Field. The Riversharks will send Audubon High School product Brett Laxton to the hill against Nashua’s Denny Harriger. The first 1,000 kids 14 and under to the ballpark receive a Hammer Bobblehead doll presented by Sovereign Bank. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 866-SHARKS-9 or by visiting the Campbell’s Field ticket office during normal business hours.