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.