South Jersey Baseball:
Thursday, August 19, 2004
By Chuck Betson
Atlantic City Surf catcher Melvin Rosario walked to force in the winning run for the second night in a row as the Surf defeated the Pennsylvania Road Warriors 4-3 at Sandcastle Stadium on Thursday night. The win gives the Surf their third straight win in their last at-bat and their eleventh of the season. It also is the last time the Pennsylvania Road Warriors’ franchise will visit the Sandcastle as next season they will be replaced by the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Surf starter Anthony Chavez received no decision despite pitching nine strong innings allowing three runs on seven hits. Reliever Ivan Montane picked up his first win for his new team after pitching a scoreless tenth. First baseman Jose Velazquez had two hits and drove in a run and outfielder Gary Johnson scored twice.
Pedro Diaz started and went six innings allowing only one run on four hits for Pennsylvania. Reliever David Williamson suffered the loss in his first appearance for the Road Warriors. He recorded only one out in the tenth before walking four straight batters. Second baseman Abraham Ayala had a two-run double and Isbel Iglasias drove in the other Warrior run.
The Surf go on the road for four games at Camden beginning Friday night. They will play a doubleheader beginning at 6:00pm Friday against the Riversharks. The team returns home on Monday to play another doubleheader this time against the Somerset Patriots. The first of two seven inning games will begin at 4:35pm.