LANCASTER, PA. – The Lancaster Barnstormers (31-24, 69-56) withstood a pair of late Somerset Patriots (25-29, 67-57) rallies to hold on to a 2-1 victory in Friday night’s opener at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Both teams exchanged scoreless innings until the bottom of the seventh inning, when a two-out rally culminated in a Cole Garner two-run single. 

Somerset responded in the top of the eighth inning on a two-out RBI single from D’Vontrey Richardson to creep within a run. The Patriots rally eventually came up short, stranding runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings.

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Despite the loss, Patrick Johnson tossed four scoreless innings of relief.

“I’ve just gotten my rhythm and timing back,” said Johnson after the game. “I have been able to get my repetitions [in every appearance], so I am starting to see some results.”

John Kuchno (3-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Connor Root (1-3) took the loss after allowing two runs over two innings of relief. Anthony Carter (28) earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Somerset continues its four-game series against Lancaster Saturday night. Left-handed pitcher Efrain Nieves (3-4, 3.01 ERA) takes the mound against Barnstormers’ southpaw Jarret Leverett (7-7, 6.39 ERA). First pitch at Clipper Magazine Stadium is set for 6:35 p.m.

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