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Somerset sweeps doubleheader for much needed wins

An awakening of the bats produced six runs in the home third inning of game one in their doubleheader against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Ramon Flores kicked things off with a double to right field on a 1-2 count which sent Scott Kelly across the plate evening to score 1-1.

Flores’ effort were matched by four consecutive RBI singles from Rey Navarro, Edwin Espinal, Craig Massey and Mike Ohlman respectively added to Somerset’s already growing advantage.

“We’re just trying to build off each other and hit as a team,” said Massey, who sent Espinal across the plate for the final run. “I’m just trying to get on base for the big guys and get some offense going.

A gritty pitching duel in the nightcap of the doubleheader saw Patriots hurler Bret Oberholtzer earn his third victory and closer Mike Antonini record his league-best 13th save.

The two combined to retire eight batters and allow one walk in the 1-0 shutout. Both games were an abbreviated seven innings.

Playing in his second game at TD Bank Ballpark since joining Somerset, outfielder Mike Crouse blasted a solo home run in the third inning with no-one on and nobody out.

The Patriots wrap up the series on Thursday June 6 before they conclude the homestead with a three-game set against the York Revolution.

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Dylan is a sophomore journalism major at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and covers the Somerset Patriots and Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He is also the Sports Editor of Rider's student newspaper, The Rider News.
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