Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Miracle Late-Inning Rally Propels Sharks To Victory

Things looked bleak early on for the Riversharks.

The Lancaster Barnstormers batted around in the second inning, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits to take an 8-2 lead and knock starter Humberto Sanchez out of the game. It looked like Sharks fans were in for a long night.

But Camden slowly chipped away. Single runs in the 4th and 5th, and two more in the 6th made it 8-6, Lancaster. No longer a blowout, it seemed the momentum had shifted. Stormers starter John Halama exited after 6, having surrendered 6 runs on 11 hits.

Meanwhile Zac Cline, on in relief of Sanchez, was cruising. Over 5 innings of work, Cline allowed just one run on four hits. He was relieved by Santos Hernandez, who struck out 3 Stormers in an inning an a third of work, allowing only one hit.

Lancaster made it 9-6 in the 7th when an Iggy Suarez single scored Travis Metcalf, and it seemed like the Sharks rally was squashed.

But Jonel Pacheco lead off the top of the 9th with a solo homer to right off reliever Jonah Bayliss, and suddenly the rally was on again.

Toby Hall singled. Juan Francia reached on an error. Lloyd Turner singled. With the bases loaded and no outs, Noah Hall grounded into a fielder's choice that scored one run. Next, Alvin Colina, who earlier had blasted his 14th home run of the 2011 season over the centerfield wall, smoked a double down the left field line that scored two more runs. The Sharks lead 10-9 going into the home half of the 9th.

Enter Fernando Hernandez, who retired the Stormers 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame to pick up his first save and seal an incredible comeback victory for the Camden Riversharks.

Both teams gave up a combined total of 27 hits. The game took nearly four hours to complete.

The Hernandii combine for the win (Santos) and the save (Fernando).

Jake Eigsti blasted a 2 run dinger in the 6th and came up with two huge defensive stops at second later in the inning.


  1. Nice to see you made the hike up to Lancaster I hear its a very nice field. Also it was nice to meet/see you at the game last week. By the way, my inside source is in the picture with Toby Hall & Shea Harris. Also at the game I used my brand new camera and took around 750 pictures :D lol. lmk if you need pictures to post as headlines. Next season I will have full season tickets and will more than happily offer up pictures for you to use on this AWESOME BLOG!... Also wanted to ask are you going to the last game this sunday and are you doing the jersey auction last time I did the jersey auction in the Ducks DH I walked away with Ruddy Yan, Mike Koplove & Eddy Camacho. This time I'm walking away with all that I intend to go after which is Ruddy Yan, Mike Koplove, Eddy Camacho, Lloyd Turner & Juan Francia.... Mumba Rivera was on that list but due to him leaving :( thats not happening. hope to see you there. Keep up the amazing work on this amazing blog dedicated to an AWESOME team! GO SHARKS!

  2. I'll take all the help I can get, William. You should make it up to Lancaster. It's a really great park. I'll be there on Sunday!


  3. Are you willing to share your photos ? It would be nice to see some of them

  4. Jim... Call me Billy, idk why yahoo has me as my proper full name... also you didn't answer are you doing the jersey auction?

    robert.... sure ill post up some of my best ones .. (any specific players you like that played the double bobble head night)... but im not really sure how to post em... any suggestions?

  5. Billy - Going for Bale or Mathes. Maybe Vasquez or De La Rosa. Pitchers duel!

  6. Hello William,
    Not overly picky about the photo shots - I am a Noah Hall fan as well JR Mathes, Turner, Hammes Francia
    If you don't mind sending to my e mail address
    ps.. Only 2-3 pics at a time my e mail is very basic Thanks in advance, Robert

  7. Heres what I'll do. I'll post some and most of my best ones in an album in my webshots profile...

    heres a link


    check it tomorrow morning or tomorrow night as i have hockey tonight and work tomorrow

  8. Dear William, Thanks for sharing the photos. I will definetly take a look. Sharks with a nice season ending of baseball. After the dismal 1st half the "2nd half has been a nice turnaround. Just not enough 'juice' to take over LI