The Road Warriors beat the playoff-bound Riversharks 8-6 on Friday night, for their season high tying third straight win. The Warriors jumped out to a 6-0 lead, before the Camden Riversharks even stepped to the plate, with the first six batters scoring. Travis Ezi led off with a double that went off of 1B Ryan Lehrs' glove and bounced into the stands. Following Ezi, David Housel reached on a walk, Sandy Aracena doubled in Ezi, and Ian Bladergroen brought everyone home, with a towering home run to right field for a 4-0 lead. The inning did not end there, as 1B Vito Chiaravalloti lined a single to left for Steven Doetsch who tripled him home. It was Doetsch's 6th triple of the season, setting a new single season record for the Road Warriors. Two batters later, SS Gabe Suarez hit a sacrifice fly to center for a commanding 6-0 lead.
Riversharks CF Dwight Maness got the Riversharks back into the game with a 3rd inning solo shot off of Road Warrior starter Darwin Soto to make it a 7-3 game. In the 7th, with Soto out of the game, Casey Cahill gave up consecutive singles to Josh Noviskey and Rene Aqueron. After errors by David Housel and Gabe Suarez the Riversharks were right back in the game at 8-6. Cahill did a great job of retiring Matt Demarco and Lehr to end the inning. The ninth brought on closer Benito Baez. Baez was lights out, getting Pete Shier looking, forcing slugger L.J. Biernbaum to fly out, and then finishing it with another backwards K of Dwight Maness. Soto lasted 6 innings with only 1 earned run and 1 walk. Soto has done a great job with the transition from 'pen to rotation. The Road Warriors go for the sweep of Camden tonight, with 2 former Major Leaguers on the mound. Carlos Castillo (5-6 3.68), a former Red Sox and White Sox, goes for the Road Dogs against a former Expo, Anthony Ferrari (9-1 3.89).