Patriots Fail to Muster Much Offense in Loss to New Britain

Tyler Bortnick touches first base in a close play. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots


NEW BRITAIN, CT. - Kyle Simon’s impressive pitching performance led the New Britain Bees (17-31) to a 6-1 win over the Somerset Patriots (29-20) Saturday night at New Britain Stadium.

New Britain took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back two-out RBI doubles from Craig Maddox and Conor Bierfeldt. The lead later doubled to 4-0 on a Jovan Rosa (4) two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the third.

The Bees increased their lead to 6-0 on a two-out RBI single from Bierfeldt in the fifth inning and a solo home run from Maddox (3) in the seventh.

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The Patriots got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth on Kyle Roller’s (1) first home run on the year, but the comeback ended there.

Kyle Simon (3-3) earned the win after allowing just one run over 8.1 innings with five strikeouts. Jerome Williams (2-3) suffered the loss after he yielded four runs (three earned) on three hits over four innings.

Somerset concludes its three-game series with the New Britain Bees Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Mitch Atkins (4-3, 3.90 ERA) takes the mound for the Patriots against Bees’ righty Eric Fornataro (0-2, 7.31 ERA). First pitch at New Britain Stadium is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots season which includes the team’s 20th anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game  on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit


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