South Jersey Baseball:
Saturday, August 6, 2005
By Dan Loney
(New Britain, CT)- Jeff Karstens worked into the 8th Inning after having a one-hitter through six innings to help the Thunder to a 7-4 win on Saturday. A balanced Thunder offense collected 12 hits en route to the win.
Karstens (10-10) became the first Trenton pitcher since Jason Sekany (1999) to record 10 wins in a season. He retired the first 10 batters before 3B Matt Moses singled in the 4th Inning. He then retired the next eight batters in a row. New Britain (53-60) finally got a run in the 7th Inning on a double play and a two-run triple from Moses in the eighth before Karstens exited the game. He allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
The Thunder (57-56) took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd Inning on RBI singles by CF Melky Cabrera and C Omir Santos against Rock Cats starter Glen Perkins. Trenton broke the game open with five runs in the 5th Inning, an inning that saw Perkins leave due to an injury. An RBI double from 1B Shelley Duncan along with run-scoring singles by DH J.T. Stotts and 2B Gabe Lopez paced the inning. Perkins (2-3) allowed six runs (three earned) in four innings.
RF Bronson Sardinha led the hitting attack with three singles and two runs scored. Shelley Duncan, Santos and Stotts had two hits apiece.
The series finale is Sunday at 1:35 PM. Matt DeSalvo (6-4) starts for Trenton against New Britain's Justin Olson (8-7).