CRANFORD - This past Sunday, the second annual Cranford Community Night was held at TD Bank Ballpark with the Somerset Patriots.
Tickets were available to Cranford residents for $12 with $3.50 from each ticket being donated to the Cranford Baseball & Softball Leagues. In total, 219 tickets were sold, resulting in a donation of $766.50.
Originally scheduled to see the Patriots take on the New Britain Bees at 5:05 p.m., Cranford residents and the rest of the spectators were treated to some extra baseball as the Patriots resumed its game from the previous night at 5:05 p.m. due to a controversial out call. The game was protested and the call was overturned by the Atlantic League and ruled to resume Sunday.
Prior to the resumption, representing Cranford, Kurt Petschow, accompanied by his son, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
The Patriots went on to lose the resumed game with the Bees 10-8. Following game one, members of the Cranford baseball and softball league lined the infield for a pre-game two ceremony that featured God Bless America and The Star-Spangled Banner sung both by Cranford High School graduates. God Bless America was performed by Hal Hansen and Katrina Wischusen sang The Star-Spangled Banner.
Game two started around 6 p.m. and the Patriots fared much better with a 14-1 victory over the Bees. Cranford residents got to enjoy $1 hotdogs along with a meet and greet with WWE Hall of Famer "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
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