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Hillsborough Mayor Carl Suraci Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch at TD Bank Ballpark

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Hillsborough Mayor Carl Suraci throws out the ceremonial first pitch at TD Bank Ballpark prior to Friday's game, part of Hillsborough Community Night. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Hillsborough Mayor Carl Suraci, left, and Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher wait their turn to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Friday night's Somerset Patriots game. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie, left, his coaching staff and the eight Patriots players selected to the Atlantic League All-Star game are introduced prior to the game. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Patriots players enjoy the pre-game festivities in the dugout prior to Friday night's game at TD Bank Ballpark. Their game-worn jerseys were auctioned to raise funds for Operation Shoebox NJ. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle greets fans prior to Friday night's game. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher, representing Operation Shoebox NJ, winds up with the ceremonial first pitch at Friday's game. His son Brendan is an Army paratrooper deployed to South Korea. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ  - Mayor Carl Suraci got the call to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday night’s Somerset Patriots game at TD Bank Ballpark against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Suraci was Joined by family, friends and neighbors to celebrate Hillsborough Community Night at the ballpark.

The game was also the kick-off to the Patriots’ Independence Weekend celebration.

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Game sponsor was Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit volunteer organization based in Hillsborough that collects donations of food and personal care items and ships care packages to US troops deployed overseas.

The Patriots wore commemorative USA uniforms with the Operation Shoebox New Jersey patch on the sleeve. Fans bid on the uniforms during the game to raise money for OPSHBX NJ. At the conclusion of the game, players signed their jerseys, which were then presented to the winning bidders.

Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher, representing Operation Shoebox New Jersey, also threw out a ceremonial first pitch. Gallagher’s son, Brendan is an Army paratrooper deployed to South Korea.

The Patriots lost the game, 12-0.

A fireworks display capped off the evening at the ballpark. 

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