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Roller Ends Scoreless Game with Walk-Off Single

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Patriots' Kyle Roller (40), is congratulated by teammate Carlos Guzman (13) after hitting a walk-off single to win Wednesday afternoon's game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots (9-8, 51-36) defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (8-10, 46-41) 1-0 in eight innings at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon.

With one out in the eighth inning, Justin Pacchioli started the rally with a single, stole second base, and scored on a walk-off RBI single by Kyle Roller.

“I’m trying to win the ballgame. That’s my job in that situation,” said Roller. “I’m looking for a good pitch to hit and he left me a fastball over the plate and I got good wood on it.”

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It was the second straight walk-off win for the Patriots over the Blue Crabs and tenth overall walk-off for the team.

Patriots starter Mike Antonini made his Somerset debut and struck out four batters and allowed a hit in 3.1 innings pitched for a no decision.

“I worked well with [starting catcher Adam] Donachie behind the plate and commanded my pitches to throw strikes. That’s all I was trying to do,” said Antonini.

Dustin Molleken (1-1) picked up the win with a scoreless inning pitched. Craig Stem (2-2) took the loss, allowing a run on two hits in 0.1 innings pitched.

The 2017 Somerset Patriots season will continue at home on Wednesday evening with a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.  For tickets, visitwww.somersetpatriots.com.

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