CAMDEN DROPS FINAL HOME GAME, 5-2, ON BRAD STRAUSS NIGHT
POSTED: 9/13/2007 by Natalie Filomeno
CAMDEN, NJ- The final regular season home game for the Riversharks marked the end of a long professional baseball career, as the Sharks retired Brad Strauss’ number 16 in front of 6,378 fans at Campbell’s Field. Camden wrapped up their home season with a 5-2 loss to the Road Warriors, but return to action on Wednesday, September 19 in game two of the playoffs against the Somerset Patriots.
Camden scored first in the bottom half of the first after Raul Marval doubled and was driven in by a fielder’s choice off Denny Abreu.
The Road Warriors put three runs on the board in the third, collecting five hits. Vito Chiaravalloti picked up a two-run single, while Omar Garcia drove in a run on a single.
Abreu would score in the fourth, bringing the Sharks within 3-2. Designated hitter Craig Paquette was able to drive in the run with a single to left field.
The Warriors, making their final appearance at Campbell’s Field, tacked on two more runs in the sixth and seventh. In the sixth, Fleming Baez scored on a Travis Ezi RBI double. In the seventh, Chiaravalloti doubled and scored off Jason Bryan’s single.
Strauss was unable to connect in what was possibly his last home appearance, going 0-for-4. Damien Myers (6-13) picked up the win for the Road Warriors, while Ryan Schurman (7-8) got the loss. Benito Baez collected his ninth save of the season.
The First Half South Division Champion Riversharks (26-33, 65-57) finish their regular season with a three-game set in Bridgewater against the Somerset Patriots this weekend. The division playoff series against the Patriots begins on Tuesday at Commerce Bank Ballpark, while game two returns to Campbell’s Field on Wednesday at 7:05pm. Tickets are available for game two of the playoffs by calling 1-866-SHARKS-9 or logging onto www.riversharks.com. Internet coverage of the south division playoffs will be covered by Rowan’s WGLS radio, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:45 at http://wgls.rowan.edu.
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