From the desk of: Growlings From Brooklyn
NEWARK BEARS: Bears Take First Game In
The Essex County Challenge.
FINAL SCORE ~ Sunday, May 29, 2011 vs New Jersey Jackals:
New Jersey 3
Born more from an off-field community partnership between the New Jersey Jackals and the Newark Bears to help strengthen each other's presence in the area; work with charities and community programs; Essex County announced the two teams would play for the County Executive's Cup. Dubbed, The Essex County Challenge, at the end of each season, which ever team wins the most games between the two head-to-head, win bragging rights for a year.
The Brick City Nine evened up their season record at 2-2 with their first ever victory over new top rival; the New Jersey Jackals. Newark kept the bats going Sunday with another ten hits after totaling 18 hits the game prior.
In the first two games of the season versus Rockland, Tim Raines Jr. went hitless and the Bears remained winless. In his last two games, he is five for nine and the Bears won two in a row. Danny Santiesteban also continued some hot hitting going three for three, with a double and RBI.
Eric Eden started for the Bears and lasted 6.2 innings. He walked two batters while striking out none and surrendered seven hits. He gave up two runs but only one of them earned. The effort was good enough for his first win of the season.
Newark and New Jersey will take Memorial Day off before playing game two of the series on Tuesday at Yogi Berra Stadium; home of the Jackals.