South Jersey Baseball:
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf could not overcome a three-run first inning by the Camden Riversharks Tuesday afternoon as they fell 3-2 in the series finale at Sandcastle Stadium. The Surf chipped away and cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the seventh but could not deliver the timely hit to tie the game with a runner on second with one out in the eighth.
The Riversharks jumped out to a three run lead in the first with two-out RBI singles from Tom Hage and Stoney Briggs and a RBI double courtesy of Chris Widger. Kevin Wilson and Hage each had two hits apiece. Starter Lincoln Mikkelsen pitched eight innings for his fourth win. He allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and struck out four. Reliever Todd Rizzo came in to pitch a perfect ninth for his third save.
The Surf scored one in the second inning on an RBI single by Gary Johnson and one run in the seventh. Starter Mark Brownson held Camden scoreless after the first but still suffered his second loss. He went seven innings and struck out five while allowing eight hits.
In the seventh with two outs, home plate umpire Dave Perry dropped to the ground after being struck by a pitch from Mikkelson. The stadium EMTs attended to Perry for over thirty minutes before he was taken away in an ambulance to the emergency room at Atlantic City Medical Center.
The Surf will finish out the first half of the season on the road. They travel to Somerset for a three game series. The Surf will throw Andy Zwirchitz. The team will return to the Sandcastle on Friday, July 16th with fireworks to follow the game sponsored by Commerce Bank.
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