The Blue Crabs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by Kent Blackstone.
The Patriots then broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Ramon Flores started the scoring with an RBI double. Rey Navarro, Edwin Espinal, and Craig Massey then each drove in a run with RBI base hits. Michael Ohlman’s two-run double to right field put Somerset up 6-1.
Southern Maryland made it a 6-2 game in the top of the fifth inning on a Tony Thomas solo home run (4).
Massey struck again in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI double to extend the lead to 7-2, which would be the final.
“We’re just trying to build off each other and hit as a team,” said Massey, who finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double and two RBI. “I’m just trying to get on base for the big guys and get some offense going.”
Duane Below (2-1) picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Brandon Cumpton (1-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs – four earned – on ten hits in five innings of work.
The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Thursday, June 6th. The game features Pennants (1st 2,000 Fans) presented by Unity Bank and a Summer Concert Ticket Giveaway Event. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.