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About last night…

I made my first-ever visit to Campbell’s Field in Camden last night to watch the Atlantic League playoff game between the Long Island Ducks and the Camden Riversharks with one of my friends. 

Campbell’s Field is a beautiful park, and they had a nice crowd for a game on a chilly September evening. The Riversharks got a nice round of applause during their pre-game introduction, but the first inning took a lot of the thunder out of the crowd.

Ducks players during pre-game introductions
Ducks players during pre-game introductions

 

 

 

Riversharks players during pre-game introductions
Riversharks players during pre-game introductions

 

P.J. Rose bats as the sun sets behind the bridge
Ray Navarrete bats as the sun sets behind the bridge

The first two Long Island batters reached on errors, and Camden’s starter Jake Dittler walked in two runs. It looked like it woud be a long evening. But then a funny thing happened – a pitcher’s duel broke out. Neither team scored another run until Camden center fielder Nic Jackson hit a long home run over the right field wall in the seventh inning.

Jackson added another shot over the left field wall to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, energizing what remained of the crowd. The game went on into extra innings, and Camden’s leadoff batter singled to center to start the eleventh. Jackson came up next, and Riversharks manager Joe Ferguson surprised (and disappointed) nearly everyone in the park by asking him to bunt. Jackson got the sacrifice down to advance the runner, but the Ducks got another out and it looked like Camden would bypass the scoring opportunity.

Fortunately left fielder Sheldon Fulse had other ideas. He singled back up the middle to end the game and win the division title for the Sharks.

It was an exciting game, and a great way for me to end my 2008 baseball season. Certainly a lot more fun than watching one of the worst Mets losses of the year. 😦