Brian Van Kirk hit a walk-off, RBI single in the bottom of the 11th as the Camden Riversharks avoided a three-game sweep with a come-from-behind 6-5 victory.
Against reliever Charlie Manning, the Riversharks recorded three consecutive hits to win the game in the 11th. Brandon Chaves and Paddy Matera led off with back-to-back singles to set up runners on the corners. Van Kirk then singled home the winning run for Camden to salvage the finale.
The game was tied 2-2 going into the 8th inning before the offenses took over. With one swing of the bat, the Blue Crabs took a three-run lead on Mike Schwartz three-run home run, his first since joining the club. Jose Julio-Ruiz fired back with a home run of his own, a two-run shot, to bring the score to 5-4.
Camden tied the game in the 9th inning when Paddy Matera singled home Zack MacPhee to make it 5-5 and send the game to extra innings.
Southern Maryland returns home for three games against the Bridgeport Bluefish beginning Friday September 5 at 7: 05 PM. Purchase tickets for the game by visiting www.somdbluecrabs.com or calling 301-638-9788.