September 27, 2008 September 27, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Patriots Take 1-0 Series Lead: The Somerset Patriots defeated the Camden Riversharks, 11-9, in last night’s Game One of the Atlantic League Championship.
Somerset got on the scoreboard quickly, adding three in the top of the first on outfielder Matt Hagen’s three-run home run.
The Patriots added three more in the second inning on RBIs by outfielder Elliot Ayala, first baseman Josh Pressley and third baseman Brandon Larson. Somerset, who loaded the bases that inning, were all over Riversharks starting pitcher Tony Peguero, who left after just 1.1 innings pitched.
The third inning was much like the previous two, with the Patriots adding another three to the scoreboard on a solo home run from catcher Jason Belcher and RBIs by second baseman Teuris Olivares and Sean Smith, who scored outfielder Mike Lockwood for his second run of the game.
Camden did their best to fight their way back into the game, plating two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Third baseman Mike Thompson drilled a two-run double down the line to score outfielders L.J. Biernbaum and Sheldon Fuse.
They added five more in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Patriots’ lead, 10-7. Biernbaum hit an RBI single, followed by designed hitter Ron Davenport’s. First baseman Tyler Von Schell then hit a three-run bomb.
Camden would add only two more runs to the scoreboard on RBIs by Von Schell and Thompson. Somerset added insurance runs in the eight on a solo shot by Larson.
Patriots’ reliever Jon Hunton picked up the win, while Peguero suffered the loss. Closer Brian Reith picked up the save, his third of the postseason. – Scott Stanchak