South Jersey Baseball:
Thursday, August 17, 2006
By Denny Watson
ATLANTIC CITY - Todd Leathers blasted a walkoff home run to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Atlantic City Surf a 3-2 victory over the Bridgeport Bluefish Thursday night at Bernie Robbins Stadium before 1922.
The blast, which came off Eddy Ramos, was the 12th of the season for Leathers and the second Leather walkoff at the stadium this season.
Leathers homer came after the Bluefish had rallied to score two runs off Surf ace Lincoln Mikkelsen in the top of the ninth inning. Mikkelsen had carried a five-hit shutout into the ninth but Bridgeport got an RBI from Steve Hine and scored another on a throwing error by Atlantic City's Ozzie Timmons packaged around hits by Barry Wesson and P.J. Rose.
The Surf had taken a 2-0 lead on a solo homer run by Clyde Williams in the seventh and an RBI double from Ozzie Timmons in the eighth. That looked like it might be enough for Mikkelsen who was cruising along until the ninth.
Mikkelsen, 10-5, got the victory and was locked in a pitcher's duel with Bridgeport's Mike Porzio for most of the night. Porzio worked 7 1/3 innings and only allowed six hits on two runs.
The Surf now travel to Somerset to take on the Patriots at Commerce Bank Ballpark at 7:05 p.m.