South Jersey Baseball:
Thursday, July 14, 2005
By Denny Watson
The North defeated the South 9-6 in the North Fork Bank Atlantic League All Star game played at Sandcastle Stadium before a sellout crowd of 5,914 Wednesday night.
Trailing 5-1 after three innings, the North scored eight unanswered runs to even the All Star series at 4 games apiece between the two teams.
Jerson Perez’s two-run homer in the fifth put the North ahead for good and helped Perez earn the Steven Schilling MVP Award presented by Spalding. Perez, shortstop for the Newark Bears, was 2-for-3 on the evening with two RBI for the winners. The award was presented to Perez by Atlantic League CEO Frank Boulton and Atlantic League executive director Joe Klein.
Bridgeport’s Josh Miller earned the victory for the North while Atlantic City’s Aaron Kirkland took the loss for the South. Bridgeport’s Dan Krines earned the save for the North by retiring the South in the ninth.
Another hitting star for the North was Long Island’s Dominick Ambrosini who was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a home run.
Lancaster’s Lance Burkhart, a catcher, turned in a 2-for-2 three RBI night for the South to go with a home run but it wasn’t enough to stop the North’s offensive assault. The North had 14 hits to go with its nine runs; the South had nine hits.
Also homering in the game for the South was Lancaster’s Ryan Minor.
Prior to the game Atlantic City’s Dario Delgado won the Century 21 Home Run Derby and pocketed a $1,000 first prize, edging Somerset’s Ryan Radmonovich.
The South was managed by Atlantic City skipper Jeff Ball; Long Island’s Don McCormack managed the North.
Play resumes for the second half of the season in the Atlantic League on Friday. Nashua won the first-half championship in the North and Somerset won the first-half championship in the South.