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New Britain, Conn. – Kyle Simon’s impressive pitching performance led the New Britain Bees (17-31) to a 6-1 win over the Somerset Patriots (29-20) Saturday night at New Britain Stadium.

New Britain took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back two-out RBI doubles from Craig Maddox and Conor Bierfeldt. The lead later doubled to 4-0 on a Jovan Rosa (4) two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the third. BortnickRunning610blog

The Bees increased their lead to 6-0 on a two-out RBI single from Bierfeldt in the fifth inning and a solo home run from Maddox (3) in the seventh.

The Patriots got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth on Kyle Roller’s (1) first home run on the year, but the comeback ended there.

Kyle Simon (3-3) earned the win after allowing just one run over 8.1 innings with five strikeouts. Jerome Williams (2-3) suffered the loss after he yielded four runs (three earned) on three hits over four innings.

Somerset concludes its three-game series with the New Britain Bees Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Mitch Atkins (4-3, 3.90 ERA) takes the mound for the Patriots against Bees’ righty Eric Fornataro (0-2, 7.31 ERA). First pitch at New Britain Stadium is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

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