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South Jersey Baseball:
Surf Declaw Bears, 7-3

Thursday, June 3, 2004

By Chuck Betson
Atlantic City Surf Director of Media Relations

The Atlantic City Surf came back late in the game to defeat the Rickey Hendersonless Newark Bears, 7-3 at the Sandcastle on Thursday night. The Surf trailed 3-0 heading into the seventh but scored seven runs in the next two innings to steal a victory and improve their record to 13-11. Henderson was not with the team because of a personal family emergency in California.

The Bears jumped on top of the Surf with a three run homerun by Keith Maxwell in the top of the fourth. That would be all the runs the Bears would score off of the Surf pitching staff. Surf starter Ray Davis gave up the homerun, one of five hits he allowed, and struck out six while walking three. The bullpen pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only a harmless single in the ninth. Reliever Mark Brownson recorded the win in his first game with the Surf.

The Surf’s offense took off in the seventh with catcher Melvin Rosario’s two-run homerun off of Bear reliever Steve Crampton. Rosario was one of three Surf players to collect three hits, the others were shortstop Orlando Miller and league’s leading hitter left fielder Ozzie Timmons. Miller knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth with a bases loaded bases clearing single, collecting two RBI.

The two teams meet again tomorrow night at The Sandcastle at 6:35 with fireworks to follow the game courtesy of Trump Properties. The Surf will send Marty Barnett to the mound versus the Bears Tom Taylor.

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