South Jersey Baseball:
Saturday, August 26, 2006
By Denny Watson
ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic City Surf scored four runs in the seventh inning to come from behind to beat the Long Island Ducks 8-6 at Bernie Robbins Stadium Saturday night.
The Surf trailed 6-3 going into the seventh but exploded for fours in a wild inning that saw Ducks manager Don McCormick and Ducks reliever Tim Cain ejected for arguing with home plat umpire Sean Schofield.
The victory was the fifth in a row for the Surf, tying the longest winning streak of the season for Atlantic City.
Atlantic City took the lead in the seventh when Long Island's Ray Navarrette booted a ground ball off the bat of Ozzie Timmons that scored Demetrius Heath and Gary Johnson. The Surf had earlier loaded the bases on a single by Todd Leathers, a walk to Clyde Williams and a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt by Johnson. Demetrius Heath then walked after Melvin Rosario struck out and that call on ball four upset the Ducks. Raul marval followed with an RBI groundout against Cain and that set the stage for Timmons' grounder.
Atlantic City is 21-18 in the second half; 54-48 overall.
Long Island is 18-20 in the second half; 57-44 overall.
The Ducks built a 6-2 advantage going into the bottom of the sixth inning behind a hot night from Kevin Haverbush who was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a homer, his fifth.
Atlantic City got a homer from Marval in the sixth to make it 6-3 after Leathers had hit a two-run shot in the second. It was home run No. 14 for both Marval and Leathers.
Atlantic City Surf closer Ben Grezlovski worked 1 1/3 innings to earn his 11th save of the season.
Charlie Hesseltine, 2-2, got the victory for the Surf in relief of starter Mark Persails.
Long Island's Pete Hartmann took the loss as he allowed five hits and seven runs, five earned, in 6 1/3 innings of work.
The two teams meet again Sunday at Bernie Robbins Stadium at 6:05 p.m.