South Jersey Baseball:
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
By Denny Watson
ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic City Surf and Long Island Ducks split a doubleheader at Bernie Robbins Stadium Tuesday night.
Atlantic City won the first game 6-3 and Long Island took the second game 7-2. The Surf are now 33-25 on the second half of the season; Long Island is 30-27.
The Surf won the first game behind a three-run sixth inning to break a tie at three. Demetrius Heath's two-out single to right off Long Island starter and loser Pat Ahearne gave the Surf the go-ahead run and Raul Marval followed with a two-RBI double to right field.
The victory left the Surf's magic number at three with Camden to clinch a playoff spot. The victory also officially eliminated the Somerset Patriots from playoff contention.
Atlantic City's Lincoln Mikkelsen picked up the victory, his 15th, which tied him with former Surf hurler Anthony Chavez for most wins by a Surf pitcher in a single season.
Mikkelsen, 15-5, went seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out four and walking three.
Long Island tied the game at three with two runs in the top of the sixth off the bat of Bucky Jacobsen who clubbed a two-out single off the glove off Surf third baseman Joe Jiannetti.
Atlantic City had taken a 3-1 lead on Dario Delgado's three-run homer off Ahearne in the third inning.
The Ducks made short work of the Surf in the second game nehind two RBIs from Jayson Bass and two more from Ray Navarrette and Kevin Haverbusch. Long Island's Kevin Mannix picked up the victory in the second game, upping his record to 1-1.
The two teams meet again on Wednesday night as Atlantic City's Andy High, 7-6, will face Long Island's Pat Mahomes, 10-4.