PATRIOTS TOP HERMIT CRABS 6-1 ON OPENING NIGHT

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Waldorf, MD – The Somerset Patriots (1-0) defeated the Southern Maryland Hermit Crabs (0-1) 6-1 Opening Night from Regency Furniture Stadium. It was Somerset’s third straight Opening Day victory. apreel24FINAL

In the top of the fifth inning third baseman David Vidal tallied a RBI sacrifice fly to give Somerset a 1-0 advantage.

Second baseman Jake Opitz slugged a home run (1) in the ensuing half inning to tie the contest at 1-1.

The Patriots grabbed the lead again in the top of the eighth inning as center fielder Jonny Tucker registered a RBI sacrifice fly to make the score 2-1.

Somerset tacked on four insurance runs in the road half of the ninth inning to increase their lead to 6-1. Right fielder Scott Cousins socked a two RBI single, Tucker hit into a RBI fielder’s choice and another run crossed home via a wild pitch hurled by Brian Grening.

Kyler Newby (1-0) earned the win in relief. Justin Berg (0-1) sustained the loss in relief. Jon Hunton notched a two out save (1).

The 2015 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, May 1st when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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