Wednesday, May 18, 2011

5/18/11: Sharks v. Bluefish

Seriously, this should count as half a win.

Day baseball at Campbell's Field! What could be better? Well, for starters, the special 11am start coincided with a "Baseball In Education" day. Which meant kids. Lots and lots of kids. Also, the forecast called for rain. So with dark clouds above and the wind somehow blowing both in and out of the park, the Sharks took the field against the only team with a worse record than theirs in the Liberty Division, the Bridgeport Bluefish.

It actually started out great. Bluefish starter Matt Pike surrendered six runs in his three innings of work before he was pulled. The Sharks were actually taking advantage of Bluefish mistakes and getting timely hits. Soon they were ahead 6-2.

Then the rain came. It poured for nearly an hour, and the field took a serious beating. There was a moat by the on deck circle that went from dugout to dugout. I didn't think there was enough DiamondDry in the world to clean up the mess.

But the rain finally let up around 1:30, and after the tarp was rolled back, most of the infield looked playable. Credit the Sharks groundscrew for getting the rest into shape. We were ready to resume by 2:15.

The rain had one positive side effect: it sent the kids scurrying, first up into the concourse, then back onto their buses, and finally back home. After play resumed there were about 30 fans left in Campbell's. Including the ushers and interns.

And me, cause I have no religion, and am apparently a glutton for punishment.

Bridgeport scored eight unanswered runs and, after the game was tied, the Bluefish pushed one more run across in the ninth to defeat the Camden Riversharks (5-12) by a score of 11-10. It was heartbreaking. But it's a long season, right?

Really, really, long. Sigh.

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