Jersey Rivals Split Series in Newark
Added by Steven Bassin on August 18, 2013.
The Can-Am league could have seen the end to an In-State series rivalry, as the New Jersey Jackals took on the Newark Bears for the possible last meeting ever between the two teams.
The Newark Bears, who could be dissolving as an independent professional baseball franchise, held it’s possible last game against their in-state rivals at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium last night.
In their possible last meeting, the Jackals defeated the Bears 5-3, a game which saw home runs, great pitching, records broken and web gems all around.
The game was very important to the Jackals, as they came into the game tied with the Rockland Boulders for second place in the Can-Am league. With the win against the Bears and Rockland losing earlier in the day, the Jackals were able to move into sole possession of second place.
“It was a big win,” said Jackals right fielder Bryan Sabatella. “Rockland lost too so that puts us a game up in second, which is important.” Sabatella made the play of the game when the Jackals were clinging to a 3-1 lead in the seventh, when the Bears had men on second and third and one out making a diving catch and throwing the runner out at home. Sabatella on the play said “Anytime I make a play like that I’m just trying to help the pitchers and the team out the best I can. It was a big situation and feels good to make that type of play.”
One thing Sabatella did lose out on after Thursday’s game was his Jackal’s single season stolen base record, which was broken by teammate Chris Curran. Curran, who now has 43 stolen bases on the season and counting, breaks Sabatella’s mark of 42. Sabatella wasn’t mad and said he was happy for his teammate. “I’m glad to see he’s doing well. I’ve been working with him all season on it and am happy to see him doing well,” Sabatella stated.
Another star for the Jackals on Thursday night was starting pitcher Brandon Moore, who pitched seven and a third innings, striking out seven batters and only giving up one run. Moore, who in his last outing against the Bears, dominated as well, threw a complete game giving up only one run and striking out eight batters has been a tough pitcher for the Bears to hit off of. Bears’ shortstop Travis Wood said on Moore, “He’s a good pitcher. He’s got a good slider, he pitches backwards in different counts…he’s a veteran pitcher and knows what he’s doing out there.”
The Bears, who are in last place in the Can-Am league with a record of 26-56, this year have had the worst fan attendance in the league, which could help lead to the end of the franchises stay in professional baseball. The uncertainty of the Bears’ place next season brings more pain to a terrible season for them already.
Though there are rumors that the team may be dismantling, Wood said that the future has not had any effect on the mindset of the players. “Nobody really pays attention to that, everybody is just going out and playing,” Wood commented.
With the win, the Jackals move to 42-40 on the season and take the season series against the Bears 15-5.