Bridgewater, NJ – Somerset Patriots fans had much to smile about Sunday afternoon at TD Bank Ballpark. The Patriots rattled off their eighth win in their last 11 contests with a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Revolution on Father’s Day. It was the Patriots first win on a Sunday in eight tries.
Before the game fans were invited to have a father-son catch on the outfield grass, there was a pregame autograph session with the Patriots players on the infield, and men received a free bbq apron in honor of Father’s Day. After the game children were allowed to run the bases.
In between all the fun family activities the Patriots registered their sixth win in their final at bat and won for the second time this year in walk-off fashion.
Audio clip of Hoorelbeke’s towering homer. Hoorelbeke is now tied with Brock Peterson of Bridgeport for most home runs in the Atlantic League with 11. Hoorelbeke only hit 15 home runs all of last season.
The Revolution would tie the game at 2-2 in the ensuing half inning on first baseman Chris Nowak’s two RBI single.
Neither team would score until the ninth frame. With one out designated hitter Freddie Bynum laced an opposite field single to left field. Bynum would then steal his 17th base in 19 tries this season. With first base vacant, Revolution interim manager Mark Mason decided to intentionally walk Nettles to set up the double play for Hoorlebeke. Hoorelbeke would make the Revolution pay as he collected his second hit of the afternoon as he smacked a ball up the middle to plate Bynum and send 7,390 screaming fans home happy.
Hoorlebke was the Co-Player of the Year in the Atlantic League in 2007. Five years later the 34 year old is putting up MVP type numbers again through the first 50 games. He’s batting .336 (leads the team), clubbed 11 homers (tied for the league lead), and has 25 RBI (second on the team). Plus Hoorelbeke has played a solid first base only committing two errors. He’s been the most consistent player on the Patriots roster this season.
A couple years ago on Father’s Day Hoorelbeke hit four home runs in one game in Fargo, North Dakota. That was a treat for his father Peter who listens to every game on www.wctcam.com from Spokane, Washington. Today Peter received another treat from his son as Hoorelbeke brought a smile to his father’s face from across the country with one swing of the bat.
Happy Father’s Day Patriots fans!