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New Jersey and New Haven County to decide South Division championship Thursday

July 14, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) News Release

Durham, N.C. -- The first half of the 2004 Northeast League season will extend one more day, as New Jersey and New Haven County will compete in a one-game playoff on Thursday, July 15 for the South Division crown at Yale Field in West Haven, Conn.

New Jersey, who has won five straight, made this possible by pulling off back-to-back doubleheader sweeps of Elmira, in less than 24 hours, and will now head to Connecticut for their fifth game in three days. New Haven County, which has led for most of the first half, will serve as the host due to its 4-3 record versus the Jackals this season.

The Cutters will send Tony Harden to mound, who is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA and he will be opposed by Mike Perkins, who is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA. In his only start against New Haven County, Perkins went five innings and allowed three unearned runs on five hits while taking a no decision. This will be Harden's first start against New Jersey this season.

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