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South Jersey Baseball:
Heath Steals Home as Surf Sweep Bears

Saturday, June 5, 2004

By Chuck Betson
Atlantic City Surf Director of Media Relations

The Atlantic City Surf completed the three game sweep of the Bears in a rain shortened game at The Sandcastle, 8-1 on Saturday afternoon. For the second night in a row, the Surf jumped out to an early lead, but this time with the help of the rain, they were able to hold on. The rain came with two outs in the top of the sixth and that is when the tarp came out and the game was ended.

Surf centerfielder Demetrius “Meatball” Heath sped things up with a two stolen bases in the first inning after collecting the first of his two hits. The final stolen base was of home, on the first pitch to designated hitter Dario Delgado with two outs.

“It is all about timing,” said the Atlantic League’s stolen base leader after the game. “Jeff [Ball] told me to go, so I went. I stole home a couple of in college. Like I said, it is all about timing.” It was the first time in Surf history a player stole home.

For the second night in a row Delgado hit a homerun to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Surf. He leads the Atlantic League with ten homeruns. Orlando Miller drove in two runs with a two-run double and first baseman Ryan Minor also collected two hits and scored two runs.

Bear’s left fielder Hipolito Martinez scored the only run for Newark, in the top of the sixth. He tripled to lead off the inning and came home on a double play ball.

Surf starter Andy Zwirchitz evened out his record at 2-2 by pitching five and two-thirds, striking out five, walking four, and giving up five hits. Bear’s starter Greg Bauer allowed all eight runs, though only four were earned, on eight hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked two in his first start for Newark.

The Surf play host to the Long Island Ducks for a three game series beginning tomorrow. Sunday’s game starts at 1:35. The Surf will send Kyle Goldwater to the mound against LHP Matt Beech.

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