The 2012 Somerset Patriots has come to an end and despite the fact the Patriots missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, there were numerous exciting moments and milestone plateaus accomplished. The front office, coaching staff, players and fans have a lot of positives to dwell on in the offseason. We recap some lasting memories of the 2012 campaign courtesy of Patriots radio play-by-play broadcaster Justin Antweil and WCTC.
Audio clip of Manager Sparky Lyle notching his 1,000th career victory as skipper of the Somerset Patriots.
Audio clip Jeff Nettles breaking the all-time Atlantic League hits record on May 8th. Nettles is now the all-time Atlantic League leader in at bats, games played, hits and RBI.
Audio clip of eight time All-Star Jeff Nettles recording his 1,000th career Atlantic League base hit.
The Patriots demonstrated a lot of resilientcy this past year. They had 27 come from behind victories, 16 wins in their final at bat and eight walk-off wins at TD Bank Ballpark. Here is an audio montage of a few of the walk-off wins that provided extreme joy for all in attendance.
Even though Jake Fox was on the Patriots roster for less than a month, Fox was by far the best player the Patriots had in 2012. In 21 games as a member of Somerset, Fox hit safely in 18 of them. He clubbed seven home runs and a tallied a remarkable 20 RBI. He recorded eight multi-hit games and had two different eight game hitting streaks. He hit a scorching hot .388 in his short time with the red, white and blue before he had his contract purchased by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA organization for the Philiadelphia Phillies. Fox put the team on his back. Here is an audio montage of Fox’s magical moments.
Johnny Drennen smacked only eight home runs this season but five of them came in the seventh inning or later that either tied the contest or gave the Patriots the lead in the game. He was truly clutch. Here’s a collection of his clutch moments. Drennen proved baseball is all about quality not quantity.
Throughout the course of a 139 game season there are surprises and unlikely accomplishments. Three regular players, Adam Donachie, Joe Holden and Dan DeGeorge know their roles and are simply contact hitters. But occasionaly they can run into a good pitch a knock it out of the park. The three combined for just six home runs this year. Here is an audio montage of some unlikely home runs that caught everyone off guard and in some cases resulted in the silent treatment.
Whether you were sitting at the ballpark or listening in your car or streaming the webcast on your couch at home, the Patriots always kept you on the edge of your seat. This was a fun charismatic group that posssessed a lot of grit and fight throughout the past six months. Here is the final audio montage of some moments that made you clap your hands and pump your fist with excitement.
Looking forward to even greater moments in 2013 as the Patriots look to win that elusive sixth Atlantic League Title!