Patriots Rally Late For Second-Straight Comeback Win

Sugar Land, Texas – Four unanswered runs over the final three innings of the ballgame led the Somerset Patriots (20-13) past the Sugar Land Skeeters (18-16) 6-3 in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Constellation Field.

Somerset opened the scoring in the top of the first on an RBI groundout from Jerry Sands. A run-scoring Justin Pacchioli groundout in the top of the third doubled the Patriots lead to 2-0, but Sugar Land responded on a three-run Travis Scott home run (3) in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. 523fb one

The Patriots later rallied to take the lead on a fifth-inning RBI single from Alfredo Rodriguez and a sixth-inning RBI double from Bryan LaHair.

“Honestly, I was just trying to battle,” said Rodriguez of his game-tying base hit. “As soon as I got to two strikes, I knew it was just me against the pitcher. I got a pitch that was up that I was able to do something with and it worked out.’

Sands topped off the scoring in the seventh with a two-run double, while Somerset’s bullpen finished off the game with three perfect innings of relief to earn its second-straight comeback victory.

Alex Gouin (3-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Brett Marshall (4-2) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings pitched. Ronnie Shaban (3) recorded the save with a perfect ninth.

Game two between Somerset and Sugar Land begins at 7:05 CT (8:05 ET) from Constellation Field. Right-hander Jerome Williams (1-1, 4.09 ERA) toes the rubber for the Patriots against righty Michael Nix (2-4, 3.70 ERA) for the Skeeters.

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots And Spearhead Staffing Announce 2017 Kid CEO Finalists

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, along with program partner Spearhead Staffing, have announced the finalists for the 2017 Kid CEO promotion.

Evan Gilmurray (Bridgewater), Charlie Grippo (Bernardsville), Jimmy Marvits (Hillsborough), Nicholas Morgan (Piscataway), and Skyler Pearsall (Metuchen) have been chosen as finalists for the program.

All five kids will have their final interviews down on the field before the Friday, May 26th game at TD Bank Ballpark, where the winner will be hired during the game.

 

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Evan Gilmurray
Evan is a 12-year old 6th grader at Eisenhower Intermediate School in Bridgewater. He enjoys being a member of the chess club, serving as the student council treasurer and being a peer buddy to other students. Evan also loves being part of his baseball team and participating in Pokemon tournaments. He wants to be the Somerset Patriots Kid CEO to see how everything works behind the scenes.

 

 

 

 

Kid-CharlieCharlie Grippo
Charlie is an 11 year old from Bernardsville and very excited for the chance to become the Kid CEO for the Somerset Patriots. He has many interests, but his favorite hobbies are playing baseball, golf, drums and snowboarding whenever he can. Charlie also enjoys writing and working in the musical theater. Charlie is a Cincinnati Reds fan because that is his hometown team and first baseball experience. His dream is to someday attend Delbarton High School, Notre Dame University, and become a journalist for ESPN.

 

 

Kid-JimmyJimmy Marvits
Jimmy is a 12-year old 6th grade at Auten Road Intermediate School. He is a percussionist in the 6th grade band, a First Class Boy Scout in Troop 489, a Quartermaster of BSA troop and is working for Eagle Scout. Jimmy is a big Somerset Patriots fan that has been coming to games for five years. He also enjoys camping and is a big fan of the New York Mets. Jimmy believes he would be a good Kid CEO because he is a very hard worker that understands commitment and how to bring some fun ideas to the organization.

 

 

Kid-NicholasNicholas Morgan
Nicholas is a 13-year old Honors student from Piscataway whose favorite subjects are math and science. He was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society and is in Accelerated Math, English, and Spanish at school. Nicholas is a huge baseball fan and his favorite Somerset Patriots player is his hometown hero Corey Smith. He plays baseball, runs cross-country track, and plays basketball. In addition to playing sports, Nicholas enjoys acting and collecting baseball cards, which he has over 2,000. He is thrilled to be a Somerset Patriots Kid CEO finalist and looks to work hard on and off the field like he does in all of his other activities. Nicholas would like to thank his mom, dad, sister and grandmother for all of their support and love!

 

 

kid-skylerSkyler Pearsall
Skyler Pearsall is 13-year old 7th grader at Edgar Middle School. She was a member of the field hockey, basketball and softball teams. Outside of school, Skyler is a girl scout, an altar server and Buddy Ball volunteer. Skyler is a dedicated Somerset Patriots fan, attending as many games as possible, both home and away.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About Spearhead Staffing
Spearhead Staffing is an award winning IT staffing company privately held and headquartered in the New York metropolitan area. Spearhead Staffing specializes in the Life Sciences industries such as Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotechnology. Spearhead Staffing aggressively sources talented professionals that combine years of valuable industry experience and domain knowledge with certified vendor training. Utilizing their proven RightHire Recruiting Process, Spearhead Staffing reduces the risk associated with hiring and identify the best person for each company’s culture and skill needs.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Tuesday, May 23rd

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Somerset Patriots (19-13) @ Sugar Land Skeeters (18-15)

Games #33 & #34 * Tuesday, 5/23 * 12:05 PM & 8:05 PM EST * Constellation Field * Sugar Land, Texas

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Monday (8:05) SOM defeats SL 10-8; Patriots trailed 3-0 and 6-2 early. Duane Below: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
Tuesday (12:05) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (1-0, 0.00) @ SL [RHP] Brett Marshall (4-1, 6.62)
Tuesday (8:05) SOM [RHP] Jerome Williams (1-1, 4.09) @ SL [RHP] Michael Nix (2-4, 3.70)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes523

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: 2017 is Somerset’s 20th season as a franchise, an achievement that will be celebrated all season long. Having already won an Atlantic League-record six championships, the Patriots look looking to make it seven league titles in their 20th season of action.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: Six Patriots have had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2017. LHPs Jeremy Bleich (4/29) & Logan Darnell (5/9) both had their contracts purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers & reported directly to Triple-A Oklahoma City. RHPs Tyler Cloyd (5/10) & Ryan Kelly (5/17) had their contracts purchased by the Seattle Mariners & reported to Triple-A Tacoma, LHP Aaron Laffey (5/15) went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and reported to Triple-A Reno while RHP Vin Mazzaro (5/18) is heading to the Cincinnati Reds and will join Triple-A Louisville.

YO GONZA GONZA: Second-year Patriot Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 18 of the 20 games he has played this season, including a seven-game hit streak (4/28 – 5/6). Gonzalez is currently seven plate appearances (has 80, needs 87) shy of qualifying among league-leaders in batting, but his .362 average would otherwise rank fourth the Atlantic League.

NOT JUST PATCH WORK: Outfielder Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 13 of his last 14 games, including a nine-game hit streak (5/7-5/17). Over his last 14 games, Pacchioli is 16-44 (.363) with nine RBI, 10 runs & eight SB.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 11 of his last 13 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 15-48 (.313) with six runs scored, 10 RBI and five SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 15-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 20-52 (.385) with 6 HR, 18 RBI and 14 runs. Sands currently leads the league in extra-base hits (19) and SLG (.607), tied for first in RBI (29) and tied for second in home runs (8), runs scored (23) and doubles (11).

HIT THE BREAKS: Somerset’s season-long five-game losing streak ended Monday, May 22nd against the Sugar Land Skeeters. The previous longest losing streak was four, set back in late April (4/27 – 4/30).

MyRewards Code: Enter opposite field 17 into the Patriots mobile app to earn exclusive MyRewards points.

YOU DONE RIGHT, A-AHARON: 5th-year outfielder Aharon Eggleston currently ranks 10th in the Atlantic League in batting (.313), and is 10-24 (.417) over his last seven games with a home run, five RBI and a stolen base.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. RHP Jim Migrane was just named the 16th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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Somerset Bats Highlight Series-Opening Win Over Sugar Land

Sugar Land, Texas – It took a season-high 16 hits and their largest comeback victory of the year, but the Somerset Patriots (19-13) ended a five-game losing streak Monday night with a 10-8 victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters (18-15) at Constellation Field.

Sugar Land opened up the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first on a Travis Scott RBI double and a two-run Andy Wilkins home run (7). Somerset responded the next half inning to trim the deficit to one on an Adam Donachie RBI single and an Alfredo Rodriguez sac fly. 522 fb

The Skeeters increased their lead in the second with three runs, including an RBI double from Kevin Ahrens. The Patriots would once again respond quickly the third on back-to-back home runs from Aharon Eggleston (1) and Jerry Sands (8). Somerset then took their first lead of the game in the fourth on a two-run Sands single and an RBI base hit from Carlos Guzman.

Scott’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 4th evened the game briefly at 7-7 before Somerset plated three runs in the sixth to regain the lead. Justin Pacchioli was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded, Rodriguez grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice and Scott Kelly laced a run-scoring single to provide the difference for the Patriots.

Sugar Land drew within two-runs on Wilfredo Rodriguez’s solo home run in the eighth, but their comeback effort ended there.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Duane Below (3-0) earned the win after allowing just one unearned run over 4.1 innings of relief. He entered the ballgame with two out in the bottom of the first.

“I just wanted to come in, throw strikes and get quick outs,” said Below after the game. “I told myself before going in: ‘just give us a chance.’ I knew with the doubleheader tomorrow, we are already short-armed, so my biggest goal was just to go out there and give team an opportunity to win.”

Andrew Johnstone (0-1) allowed three runs over two-thirds of an inning to take the loss. Jon Hunton (1) earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Patriots and Skeeters wrap up their three-game series Tuesday with a day-night doubleheader at Constellation Field. Righty Will Oliver (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound in game one for Somerset against Skeeters’ righty Brett Marshall (4-1, 6.62 ERA). Game two features RHP Jerome Williams (1-1, 4.09 ERA) against right-hander Michael Nix (2-4, 3.70 ERA).

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Monday, May 22nd

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Somerset Patriots (18-13) @ Sugar Land Skeeters (18-14)

Game #32 * Monday, May 22 * 8:05 PM EST * Constellation Field * Sugar Land, Texas

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Monday (8:05) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (0-1, 4.76) @ SL [RHP] Kyle Drabek (1-3, 7.56)
Tuesday (12:05) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (1-0, 0.00) @ SL [RHP] Brett Marshall (4-1, 6.62)
Tuesday (8:05) SOM [RHP] Jerome Williams (1-1, 4.09) @ SL [RHP] Michael Nix (2-4, 3.70)

Click here to view today’s game notes: GameNotes522

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: 2017 is Somerset’s 20th season as a franchise, an achievement that will be celebrated all season long. Having already won an Atlantic League-record six championships, the Patriots look looking to make it seven league titles in their 20th season of action.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: Six Patriots have had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2017. LHPs Jeremy Bleich (4/29) & Logan Darnell (5/9) both had their contracts purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers & reported directly to Triple-A Oklahoma City. RHPs Tyler Cloyd (5/10) & Ryan Kelly (5/17) had their contracts purchased by the Seattle Mariners & reported to Triple-A Tacoma, LHP Aaron Laffey (5/15) went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and reported to Triple-A Reno while RHP Vin Mazzaro (5/18) is heading to the Cincinnati Reds and will join Triple-A Louisville.

YO GONZA GONZA: Second-year Patriot Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 18 of the 20 games he has played this season, including a seven-game hit streak (4/28 – 5/6). Gonzalez is currently four plate appearances (has 80, needs 84) shy of qualifying among league-leaders in batting, but his .362 average would otherwise rank second the Atlantic League.

NOT JUST PATCH WORK: Outfielder Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 12 of his last 13 games – including a nine-game hit streak (5/7-5/17) – and has scored a run in nine of his last 14. Over his last 12 games, Pacchioli is 14-41 (.341) with eight RBI, 10 runs & eight SB.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 10 of his last 12 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 13-43 (.302) with five runs scored, nine RBI and four SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 14-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 18-47 (.383) with 5 HR, 15 RBI and 13 runs. Sands currently leads the league in RBI (26) and extra-base hits (18), tied for second in home runs (7) and runs scored (22), and second in SLG (.589) doubles (11).

KYLER ON FYLER: Fourth-year Patriots reliever Kyler Newby has tossed 10.1 scoreless innings in his first 12 appearances with 12 strikeouts.

YOU DONE RIGHT, A-AHARON: 5th-year outfielder Aharon Eggleston currently ranks eighth in the Atlantic League in batting (.321), and is 9-19 (.474) over his last six games with four RBI. He has an RBI in four of his last eight games.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. RHP Jim Migrane was just named the 16th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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