Lancaster, Pennsylvania – The Somerset Patriots (18-11) split Thursday’s single-admission doubleheader against the Lancaster Barnstormers (21-9) at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Somerset took game one 8-3 before a late rally led Lancaster to a 6-5 win in game two.
The Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Endy Chavez (1) launched a solo home run to right field to start the scoring before Aaron Dudley added a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Chavez increased Somerset’s lead to 3-0 in the top of the second with a two-out RBI single.
Tyler Bortnick (2) got the Barnstormers back within two on a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning. Somerset responded the next half inning when Justin Pacchioli raced home on a run-scoring wild pitch.
The Patriots then opened up the game with a three-run fifth inning. Dudley ripped an RBI double to center before Kyle Roller (1) lifted a two-run home run to left-center field. A run-scoring fielding error from Lancaster relief pitcher Matt Marksberry allowed an eighth run to score in the sixth inning.
Vladimir Frias (2) hit a two-run home run in the seventh to get the Barnstormers within five, but that would conclude the scoring.
Cory Riordan (3-1) earned the complete-game win after he allowed three runs over seven innings. Brooks Hall (2-2) yielded six runs (five earned) over 4.1 innings to take the loss.
Somerset opened up the scoring in the bottom of the third inning in game two on a Justin Trapp (1) solo home run to center field. The Patriots later increased their lead to 3-0 on an Alfredo Rodriguez two-run single in the fourth.
Pacchioli stole home on the back-end of a double steal in the fifth inning before Castellanos added an RBI single one batter later that set Somerset ahead 5-0. That ended the scoring for the Patriots.
The Barnstormers began their game two rally with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Joey Terdoslavich (5) lifted a solo home run to right-center before an RBI double from Anderson De La Rosa and a run-scoring throwing error from Rodriguez made it a two-run ballgame.
Frias (3) led off the top of the seventh inning to bring Lancaster within a run. Later in the inning, an RBI double from Trayvon Robinson and a run-scoring wild pitch put the Barnstormers in front 6-5 and provided the final score.
Kevin Munson (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Dustin Antolin (0-1) allowed three runs on two hits and two walks to suffer the blown save and the loss. Matt Reynolds (7) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues on Friday, June 1st when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark to take on the Road Warriors at 7:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com
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