By JACK CLOHERTY
The Camden Riversharks dropped their final home game of the regular season with a 7-6 loss to the Long Island Ducks on Sunday.
The Riversharks finished the year with a respectable 39- 33 home record. Former major-leaguer Mark Whiten homered in the top of the ninth with two outs to give Long Island the win.
``This was an outstanding game played by both teams,'' Riversharks manager Wayne Krenchicki said. ``This is an unusual way for our team to lose like this.''
The Riversharks are still in the hunt for the playoffs as they sit three games in front of Bridgeport for the final playoff spot.
``It's going to be a dog fight from here on out. Every game matters,'' Krenchicki said. ``We just got to take it game by game.''
The Riversharks were down 1-0 in the third inning when their bats came alive. Brad Strauss, Alex Eckelman, Dwight Maness and Creighton Gubanich all hit consecutive singles to give the Riversharks a 2-1 advantage.
Their hot streak continued in the fourth inning as Bryon Gainey started the inning with a solo home run, his 24th of the year. Strauss and Eckelman later chipped in with RBI singles.
With a 5-1 lead and pitcher Ryan Schurman looking solid through five innings, the Sharks seemed to be in control of the game.
However, Schurman faltered in the sixth. Aaron Ledesma led off the inning with a single for the Ducks, then successfully ran a hit and run when Doug Jennings ripped a double down the left field line, allowing Ledesma to score from first.
Schurman then walked Whiten on five pitches. The Ducks' Francisco Morales doubled into left center allowing Jennings to score.
Schurman then hit the next batter to load the bases. After retiring the next batter, Tom Caputo stepped up with the bases loaded and singled in another run for the Ducks to pull the score to 5-4.
Adonis Harrison came up with the bases still loaded and singled to right, allowing the Ducks to pull ahead 6-5.
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