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Atkins Dazzles As Somerset Defeats New Britain 5-1

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NEW BRITAIN, CT. - The Somerset Patriots (9-4) won their third-consecutive ballgame Wednesday with a 5-1 victory over the New Britain Bees (4-7) at New Britain Stadium.

Somerset began the scoring in the top of the seventh inning with a two-out rally. A Darren Ford RBI single and an Olmo Rosario three-run RBI double put the Patriots in front 4-0. The Bees responded in the bottom of the inning on a Jon Griffin RBI single, but stranded the bases loaded to prevent further damage.

An Adam Donachie two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning topped off the scoring. The fifth-year Patriot went 3-4 in the game with an RBI, run scored and a stolen bases.

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Patriots’ starting pitcher Mitch Atkins (2-1) earned the win after striking out a season-high nine batters over six scoreless innings of work.

“It felt real good on the mound today,” said Atkins. “[Adam] Donachie made some good calls all game long, we got on a good page early, our games came up with some big runs in the seventh and we got ourselves a nice win.”

Bees’ reliever Brandon Fry (0-1) allowed four runs on two hits and three walks in 1.2 innings to suffer the loss.

Patriots southpaw Aaron Laffey (1-1, 2.70 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset in Thursday’s series-finale against Bees’ righty Brian Dupra (0-0, 3.37 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 July 12. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call 908-252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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