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South Jersey Baseball:
Riversharks Bats Were Silent Against Nashua

Monday, June 4, 2001

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

The sound of a wooden bat connecting to a fastball could be heard at Camden Waterfront in Southern New Jersey, not at Veteran Stadium. With baseball being played at Campbell's Field, the Camden Riversharks were going for two straight against the Nashua Pride. Yesterday, Camden came away with a 4-1 victory to bring their record to .500 baseball. Marty Janzen started the game for the Pride and kept the Riversharks off the scoreboard to capture the win for Nausha 8-2.

On June 15, 2000, the ground breaking ceremony took place to build a minor league baseball stadium in Camden New Jersey. This ballpark along with the Tweeter Center, New Jersey State Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey gives visitors a variety of events to enjoy on Camden's Waterfront. With the Riversharks joining the Atlantic League, they join the Atlantic City Surf, Somerset Patriots and Lehigh Valley in the South Division. In the North Division are the Newark Bears, Nashua Pride, Long Island Ducks and the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Marty Janzen kept the Shark attack from biting the Nashua Pride (15-12) on this day as he held Camden off the scoreboard for eight innings. The Pride gave Janzen plenty of support in the top of the fourth inning when a single, error and a sacrifice bunt by Pat Howell put runners at second and third with one out. Chad Fonville came up with an RBI single which scored Jose Reyes who led off the inning with a single. Jimmy Hurst finished the four run rally with a line drive single to plate the fourth run of the inning.

As the game went on, Mark Seaver only lasted two innings before Sharks manager Wayne Krenchicki replaced him with Jeff Love. Nashua was determined to take advantage of their opportunities and win the second of three games at Campbell's Field. Joe Bauldree replaced Love for Camden (14-15), but the Pride was able to put four more runs on the scoreboard to lead 8-0 through eight full innings. It wasn't until the final inning with Matt Raleigh blasted a two-run homer to keep Camden from being shut out.

At Campbell's Field, there is plenty for children of all ages to enjoy. With the access to the Riversharks Playland, this children's interactive area gives them hours of enjoyment. If that's not enough entertainment for them, designated home games are for "Kids Run The Bases" night. There's also a "Seniors Stroll The Bases" night. The Picnic Area, which is located along the third baseline, overlooks the playing field with the Philadelphia skyline in the background.

Photos by Art Redd

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