Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (0-0) usher in the 2016 season by hosting the Long Island Ducks (0-0) from TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Prior to the game there will be a ring ceremony to commemorate last year’s Championship season as well as a banner unveiling beyond the center field wall. This year marks the 19th year of professional baseball for the Somerset Patriots as they have qualified for the postseason 12 times and won six titles which is the most in Atlantic League history.
Tonight’s broadcast can be streamed via SPN.TV. It’s one of 20 regular season games SPN.TV will air.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler John Brownell (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Storey enters his second straight year with Somerset while Brownell is in his fifth campaign for Long Island.
Happy Baseball Season!
Somerset is 10-8 all-time on Opening Day. For the fifth time in the last six years Somerset opens up the season at home.
This year’s roster features nine returning players from last year’s title winning squad (Matt Fields, Kyler Newby, Gus Schlosser, Jon Hunton, Aharon Eggleston, Connor Little, David Vidal, Scott Kelly, Mickey Storey)
This year’s roster features eight players who have suited up in the big leagues at one point in their careers (Jeremy Horst, Mickey Storey, Kyler Newby, Gus Schlosser, Bryan LaHair, Eric Farris, Trayvon Robinson, Brad Snyder)
Playoff Series Rematch
Last year Somerset and Long Island played a thrilling best-of-five Liberty Division Series. Patriots trailed Ducks 2-1 then the red, white and blue received back-to-back complete game shutouts from Will Oliver and Roy Merritt to buoy them in the playoffs.
Jon Hunton, entering his 5th year with the Patriots, is seven saves away from becoming the all-time saves leader in Atlantic League history. He currently has 128. Jim Ed Warden, formerly of Southern Maryland, holds the mark with 134.
Joining The Good Guys
Carlos Guzman played in 135 games for Camden Riversharks last year. He was an All-Star who hit .276, 10 HRs, 76 RBI. In 24 games against Somerset he was lethal hitting .310, 2 HRs, 14 RBI.
Hey Now You’re An All-Star
One of the premiere offseason signings for the Patriots was slugger Bryan LaHair. The highly regarded hitter missed all of last year with back and elbow injuries but has a high ceiling as he was a MLB All-Star reserve in 2012 with the Chicago Cubs. In the 1st Half that year he hit .284, 13 HRs, 28 RBI.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 7:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com. Download the free new Patriots App by searching Somerset Patirots in the App Store on your phone or tablet.