Patriots Walk Off Winners Again Over Ducks

518fbfinalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (12-5) defeated the Long Island Ducks (11-8) 1-0 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday night.

Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning when Aaron Dudley delivered a one-out bases loaded sacrifice fly to win the game.
“I was thinking that all I needed to do was get something up and deep,” said Dudley. “He left a fastball up and I was able to put a good swing on it. I thought I hit it way harder than I did, but that wind brought it way back.”

It was Somerset’s fifth walk off win of the season and the second for Dudley.

Ryan Kelly (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning and two strikeouts. Ashur Tolliver (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing a run and three walks in 0.1 innings pitched.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 7:05 pm game on Saturday, May 19th against the Long Island Ducks. The game features Post Game Fireworks presented by Unity Bank. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots And Diamond Nation To Fundraise For Ben Fonseca And Family

FonsecaBlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and Diamond Nation have partnered for a special event to raise money for a member of their family, former coach and instructor Ben Fonseca.

Fonseca is battling systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder where healthy tissue is being destroyed because the immune system mistakenly thinks it’s a foreign substance or infection. The cause is unknown and there is no current cure.

The Somerset Patriots and Diamond Nation have planned a fundraising event at TD Bank Ballpark for the Wednesday, June 27th game against the New Britain Bees scheduled for 7:05 pm. Tickets are being sold for $10 for the fundraiser by Diamond Nation and online by the Somerset Patriots by visiting www.somersetpatriots.com/ben. Proceeds from the tickets purchased will benefit the Fonseca family and help with medical bills and expenses.

“Ben is and will always be a part of our family,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “It is truly heartbreaking to see everything he and his family are going through. We want to do our part to bring our fans and community together to help them get through this difficult time and hopefully show them they are not alone in the fight.”

At the game, the team will host a 50-50 raffle for the Fonseca family and players, coaches, and members of Diamond Nation teams will be on site and participate in various activities on the field and throughout the ballpark.

The Fonseca family has also set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations with the goal of raising $50,000 to help Ben and his family with all his medical expenses, treatment and medication.

Over the last 10 months, Fonseca has spent five of them in the hospital, missing time with his wife Tonilynn and three young children Ben IV (13), Mason (10), and Sage (6).

Fonseca served as a coach for the Somerset Patriots from 2000 through 2002 and helped the team win their first championship in 2001. In 2002, he also worked as the team’s Director of Baseball Operations. He returned to the Somerset Patriots in 2006 for another season as a coach.

Fonseca has worked as an instructor at Diamond Nation from 2004 through 2009 before returning in 2015 to instruct and coach the Diamond Jacks teams.

“Ben has been a part of the Diamond Nation family for quite some time and over the years has touched so many lives on the baseball field, not only teaching baseball, but teaching life lessons to today’s youth through the sport that Ben loves so much,” said Diamond Nation President Keith Dilgard. “It is so difficult to see someone who was so physically strong and tough suffer from this terrible disease. Our heart goes out to Ben, his wife Toni and three boys – Ben, Mason and Sage. Hopefully we can bring some awareness and support from the baseball and softball community to help a fellow family member through this difficult time.”

Fonseca has also been a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers and has served in the Atlantic League in several roles with the league office, the Newark Bears, and Atlantic City Surf.

He is currently being treated aggressively with monthly chemotherapy, in addition to oral medications. Since his diagnosis, Fonseca has lost 115 pounds due to his digestive system being unable to absorb nutrients properly.

The scleroderma has also resulted in an overlap of mixed connective tissue disease where his muscles swell, become stiff, painful and weak. This includes his heart, lungs, kidneys and his gastro intestinal system.

“Ben has spent his entire adult life helping others,” said his wife Tonilynn. “He has coached baseball as high as the professional level all the way down to the youth level, and everywhere in between. He has positively impacted the lives of hundreds. Coaches don’t stay in baseball to get rich. They stay in it for the gratification of being an influence on the lives of their players. We are asking everyone to help a man who has spent so much time helping others.”

For more about the fundraiser for Ben Fonseca, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com/ben.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

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Today’s Game Preview: Friday, May 18

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (11-5) vs. Long Island Ducks (11-7)
Game #17 * Friday, May 18 * 7:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs LI [LHP] Jake Fisher (2-0, 3.50 ERA)
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (1-0, 3.56 ERA) vs LI [RHP] John Brownell (1-2, 6.13 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Aaron Laffey (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Jake Dunning (1-1, 2.70 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.18.18

FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has held at least a share of first place for every day so far this season. The Patriots were in held at least a share of first place for 72 straight-days in the first half last year, with only three days tied.
RED-HOT A-ROD: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez has hit safely in six-straight games and 10 of his last 11. Over that span, Rodriguez is 17-for-41 (.415) with three RBI, four doubles, five walks and eight runs. His .385 average ranks fifth in the Atlantic League, while his .484 OBP ranks second. He has reached base safely in 15 of the 16 games in which he has played this season.
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon is 5-for-10 over his last three games with a home run, three RBI, three runs and three extra-base hits. This streak has his average back up to .291 on the year. The five-year big leaguer is fourth in the league in doubles (7), second in extra-base hits (11) and fourth in slugging (.600)
IT’S A WALK OFF!: Somerset enjoyed four walk-off wins over its first six games of the year. The Patriots had three walk-off wins in first six games last year.
NUMBAH ONE: Though Mike Fransoso recently saw a six-game hit streak come to an end, the UMaine grad still ranks amongst league leaders. He is tied for sixth in runs (14), eighth in average (.372) and sixth in OBP (.460).
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: Seven of Somerset’s first 11 wins have come by just one run. They are 7-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
DUDLEY DO-RIGHT: Aaron Dudley has a twelve-game on-base streak to begin the year, and is 2nd on the team in batting (.381). He ranks sixth in the league in hitting and seventh in on-base percentage (.458). The first-year Patriot hit over .300 with at least 10 home runs and 60 RBI in each of the last four seasons with the Normal Cornbelters (Frontier).
IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base safely in 13 of the 14 games in which he has played this year, including each of his last four. Over this four-game stretch, the second-year Patriot has two runs, two doubles, two RBI, four walks and six steals. He currently leads the team in RBI (11) and is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (7).
WELCOME, DAVIES: The Patriots announced the signing of eight-year Major Leaguer Kyle Davies on Monday, 5/7. Davies has 43 wins and 547 strikeouts over 770.1 innings his MLB career with the Braves, Royals and Yankees. He pitched 1 inning on Friday night before being pulled after 2 lengthy rain delays. His start Wednesday at York was rained out. He is scheduled to start again tonight in the series opener.
SLUMP BUSTED: With Somerset’s 6-2 over York Tuesday night, the Patriots ended a stretch of seven-straight losses in York. The last time they had won in York had been Sept. 4, 2016. The Revs took all seven of the meetings at PeoplesBank Park last year and won the season series last year 12-7 by outscoring the Patriots 89-63.
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Today’s Game Preview: Wednesday, May 16th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (11-5) @ York Revolution (8-8)
Games #17 and #18 * Wednesday, May 16 * 6:30 pm * PeoplesBank Park * York, Pennsylvania
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Tuesday (6:30 pm) SOM defeats YRK 6-2; Duane Below 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K; Borbon 2-3, HR, 3 RBI
Wednesday (6:30 pm) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs YRK [RHP] Zac Grotz (0-0, 0.90 ERA)
Wednesday (Game 2) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (1-0, 3.56 ERA) vs YRK [RHP] Dominic Severino (1-1, 2.81 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.16.18

FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has held at least a share of first place for every day so far this season. The Patriots were in held at least a share of first place for 72 straight-days in the first half last year, with only three days tied.
RED-HOT A-ROD: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez has hit safely in six-straight games and 10 of his last 11. Over that span, Rodriguez is 17-for-41 (.415) with three RBI, four doubles, five walks and eight runs. His .385 average ranks fifth in the Atlantic League, while his .484 OBP ranks third. He has reached base safely in 15 of the 16 games in which he has played this season.
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon is 5-for-10 over his last three games with a home run, three RBI, three runs and three extra-base hits. This streak has his average back up to .291 on  the year. The five-year big leaguer ranks second in the league in doubles (7) and extra-base hits (11) and third in slugging (.600).
IT’S A WALK OFF!: Somerset enjoyed four walk-off wins over its first six games of the year. The Patriots had three walk-off wins in first six games last year.
NUMBAH ONE: Though Mike Fransoso recently saw a six-game hit streak come to an end, the UMaine grad still ranks amongst league leaders. He is tied for second in runs (14), and eighth in average (.372) and OBP (.460).
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: Seven of Somerset’s first 11 wins have come by just one run. They are 7-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
DUDLEY DO-RIGHT: Aaron Dudley has a twelve-game on-base streak to begin the year, and is 2nd on the team in batting (.381). He ranks  sixth in the league in hitting and ninth in on-base percentage (.458). The first-year Patriot hit over .300 with at least 10 home runs and 60 RBI in each of the last four seasons with the Normal Cornbelters (Frontier).
IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base safely in 13 of the 14 games in which he has played this year, including each of his last four. Over this four-game stretch, the second-year Patriot has two runs, two doubles, two RBI, four walks and six steals. He currently leads the team in RBI (11) and ranks second in the league in stolen bases (7).
WELCOME, DAVIES: The Patriots announced the signing of eight-year Major Leaguer Kyle Davies on Monday, 5/7. Davies has 43 wins and 547 strikeouts over 770.1 innings his MLB career with the Braves, Royals and Yankees. He pitched 1 inning on Friday night before being pulled after 2 lengthy rain delays. He is scheduled to start again in Game 1 tomorrow night.
SLUMP BUSTED: With Somerset’s 6-2 over York Tuesday night, the Patriots ended a stretch of seven-straight losses in York. The last time they had won in York had been Sept. 4, 2016. The Revs took all seven of the meetings at PeoplesBank Park last year and won the season series last year 12-7 by outscoring the Patriots 89-63.
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Below Shines In 6-2 Win Over York

York, Pennsylvania –  The Somerset Patriots (11-5) earned a wire-to-wire 6-2 win over the York Revolution (8-8) Tuesday night at PeoplesBank Park.

Somerset jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Justin Trapp RBI groundout after a 1:37 rain delay pushed back the start of the ballgame. They increased their lead to 3-0 in the second on Yovan Gonzalez’s RBI groundout and a throwing error from York shortstop Ryan Dent. FINAL-5.15-FB

Julio Borbon (2) added to the Patriots lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run home run to right field. 

After starting pitcher Duane Below kept the Revs off the scoreboard for the first six innings, York plated a pair of runs in the seventh on a Luis Cruz RBI triple and a Jose Cuevas sacrifice fly. Somerset responded the next half inning on a Borbon sacrifice fly to increase their lead to 6-2 and top off the scoring.

“I thought he was doing well to throw strike one and work ahead,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He did a solid job working quickly and keeping those guys off balance. That is more of what we are used to seeing out of Below and it was really great to see that kind of a start out of him tonight.”

Below (1-1) earned the win after he tossed six scoreless innings on three hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Mitch Atkins (0-2) took the loss, yielding five runs (four earned) on nine hits over four innings.

The Patriots and the Revolution continue their three-game series on Wednesday with a single-admission doubleheader. Kyle Davies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) starts game one for Somerset against York righty Zac Grotz (0-0, 0.90 ERA). Game two features Patriots’ right-handed pitcher Cory Riordan (1-0, 3.57 ERA) against Revolution righty Dominic Severino (1-1, 2.81 ERA). First pitch for game one is set for 6:30 pm at PeoplesBank Park.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues on the road until Tuesday, May 8th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark to take on the Road Warriors at 6:35 pm. For tickets, 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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