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Central Islip, NY – The Somerset Patriots (15-6) squandered two leads of three runs or more yet held on to defeat the Long Island Ducks (6-15) 10-9 Friday night from Bethpage Ballpark in the opener of the three game weekend series.

Photo credit to Charlie Barbeisch of Long Island Ducks
Photo credit to Charlie Barbeisch of Long Island Ducks

In the top of the first inning right fielder Luis Montanez slugged a grand slam (1) to deep left-center field to give the Patriots an early 4-0 lead.

The Ducks responded by plating a pair in the home half of the first inning to cut the deficit in half at 4-2. Designated hitter Ray Navarette pounded a RBI double and right fielder Adam Bailey tallied a RBI via a sacrifice fly.

Somerset added to their lead in the ensuing half inning as third baseman Corey Smith extended his hitting streak to seven games by squeaking a RBI single through the left side to make the score 5-2.

Long Island scratched across two runs with two outs in the bottom of the second as Navarette hit another RBI double and first baseman Ben Broussard blooped a RBI single making the contest 5-4.

The Flock would take the lead in the bottom of the third inning as center fielder Danny Perales registered a two out, two RBI single to put the Ducks in front 6-5.

Somerset tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning as shortstop Dan Hennigan executed a perfect safety squeeze as his bunt single plated Montanez.

The Patriots would score three runs in the seventh inning to take a 9-6 advantage. Catcher Jake Fox slugged his Atlantic League leading ninth home run of the season as his solo homer to left-center field broke the 6-6 tie. The Patriots would tack on two more runs on first baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s RBI single and scored another run on former Patriot pitcher TJ Hose’s wild pitch that made the score 9-6.

The Ducks inched closer in bottom of the seventh inning as second baseman Gabe Suarez hammered a two run home run (2) to deep left field to cut the deficit to 9-8.

Long Island tied the game at 9-9 in the bottom of the eighth inning as catcher Ralph Henriquez slapped a RBI single up the middle.

Somerset would take the lead in the top of the ninth inning on Martinez-Esteve’s RBI fielder’s choice that plated Fox that made the score 10-9 which would be the final.

Jason Lowey (1-0) earned the win. Leo Rosales (0-1) suffered the loss Jon Hunton notched his ninth straight save of the season pitching a scoreless final frame

The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Tuesday, May 14th when the Patriots return home for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit



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