Controversy swirled as an overturned call helped sink the Camden Riversharks in a Matinee pitchers’ duel at Clipper Magazine Stadium Tuesday, falling 2-1 to the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Barnstormers (6-6) third baseman Terry Tiffee committed two errors in the top of the first, allowing Lloyd Turner to score and give Camden (5-7) the early lead.
But that was all the offense the Sharks could muster against Barnstormers starter Rich Rundles.
Rundles (1-0) went seven innings giving up just two hits and a walk while striking out nine Sharks en route to the win.
Camden starter Bryan Corey (1-2) did everything he could to keep Camden in the game, going six strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits.
Lancaster tied the game in the third when Adam Godwin doubled, reached third on a passed ball, and scored the unearned run on a sacrifice fly from Blake Gailen.
Then in the fifth the Barnstormers pushed across the eventual game winner with a Brandon Haveman single to score Jamie Pedroza.
Then the madness ensued when Steven Doetsch sent one over the right field fence for, what was originally called, a home run.
Barnstormer manager Butch Hobson stormed out to argue. The umpires gathered and eventually overturned the call, ruling it foul.
That sent Riversharks manager Jeff Scott into a tizzy, getting him ejected for his display of his thoughts on the decision.
Doetsch would beat out an infield single later in the at bat and the Riversharks would get runners on the corners, but Tim Hamulack was able to fan Chris Walker to preserve the win for the Barnstormers and pick up his league-high fifth save of the season. The Riversharks stranded nine runners on base in the game.
Felix Pie had his hitting streak snapped at ten games. It was the first game Pie played in this season that he didn't record a hit.