South Jersey Baseball:
Friday, June 4, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf outlasted the Newark Bears at The Sandcastle in a fourteen inning marathon, 6-5 on Friday night. The Surf received the big hit from the Atlantic League leading hitter left fielder Ozzie Timmons as he singled in right fielder Jason Law in the bottom of the fourteenth.
The Bears clawed their way back from a 5-1 deficit, tying the score in the ninth with a two-run homerun by Bear’s first baseman Michael Coleman.
The Surf jumped out to the four run lead with help from RBI doubles in the first by shortstop Orlando Miller, Timmons, and first baseman Ryan Minor. Designated hitter Dario Delgado hit a solo shot to lead of the bottom of the fifth, the last run the Surf would score for nine innings. The home run was his league leading ninth.
The Surf struck out a team record sixteen batters, led by six punch outs by Derek Forbes in his Surf debut. Reliever Rob Corrado picked up the win, pitching a scoreless top of the fourteenth. Starter Marty Barnett went six innings, giving up three runs, gave up eight hits, walked four, and struck out four. Bear reliever Steve Crampton suffered the loss, allowing a run in his one third of an inning of work.
The Surf go for the sweep of the Bears tomorrow at The Sandcastle. Game time is 1:35. Splash Photo Balls will be handed out to the first 1,000 kids (3-12) courtesy of NovaCare. The Surf send Andy Zwirchitz to the mound.
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