South Jersey Baseball:
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
By Denny Watson
ATLANTIC CITY _ The Atlantic City Surf defeated the Camden Riversharks 4-3 before 2446 Tuesday night at Sandcastle Stadium to clinch the second-half South Division pennant. The victory, paced by Julian Yan’s three-run homer to left in the sixth inning, put the Surf in the playoffs for the third time in the last four years under the watch of Surf general manager Mario Perrucci.
Atlantic City will open the best-of-3 South Division playoffs on 6:35pm on Tuesday Sept. 27 against the Somerset Patriots at Sandcastle Stadium. Games two and three(if necessary) will be played at Somerset on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29.
The Surf trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning against Camden starter Ben Simon.
Demetrius “Meatball’’ Heath got thing started with a double to left center. Heath then stole third and scored on Rayner Bautista’s single up the middle against a drawn in Camden infield. Ozzie Timmons followed with a single, setting the stage for Yan’s three-run laser shot to left that left the Sandcastle in a hurry. It was Yan’s ninth homer of the season for the Surf and it would stand up as Ben Grezlovski retired the Riversharks in the ninth after allowing a run on two hits to pick up his 20th save.
Atlantic City’s Mark Persails(10-10) picked up the victory as he worked six innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out four and walking five.
Camden scored its first run in the fifth on two walks and a throwing error. The Riversharks would pick up single runs in the seventh and the ninth but it wasn’t enough as the Surf won for the 15th time in their last 19 games. Simon took the loss for Camden. Atlantic City is now 44-21 in the second half; Camden is 38-27.
Playoff tickets are on sale at the Surf ticket office. Packages for all three playoff games are discounted if ordered by September 26. For more information or to order call (609) 344-7873.