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Bears @ Patriots Blog:

Pitching Matchup — NWK Pat Stanley VS. SOM Jim Magrane

TOP 1

Just F-8
Hill BB
Reed H (LF, Hill to 2B)
Herrera F-7
Castro H (CF, Hill scores, Reed to 2B)
Simon K

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 0

BOTTOM 1

Smith F-8
Olivares H (RCF)
Ryan BB
Larson 4UA DP

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 0

TOP 2

Nivar L-1
Pachot 5-3
Knazek 2B (LF)
Just 6-3

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 0

BOTTOM 2

Pressley P-2
Hagen P-5
Radmanovich 2B (RF)
Chiaravalloti H (off of diving SS, Radmanovich scores)
Belcher L-1

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 1

NOTE: The trainer came out briefly after Pressley’s pop-up and appeared to be checking Pat Stanley’s pitching hand…

TOP 3

Hill F-8
Reed K
Herrera 5-3

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 1

BOTTOM 3

Smith F-9
Olivares K
Ryan BB
Larson F-8

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 1

TOP 4

Castro 4-3
Simon H (through the middle)
Nivar 5-4-3 DP

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 1

BOTTOM 4

Pressley HR (2-1 pitch, RCF)
Hagen HR (0-0 pitch, down LF line)
Radmanovich K
Chiaravalloti H (infield single, beat throw from SS)
Belcher K
Smith HR (2-0 pitch, LF, Chiaravalloti scores)
Olivares K

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 5

TOP 5

Pachot P-3
Knazek F-8
Just H (LF)
Hill 3UA

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 5

BOTTOM 5

Ryan P-5
Larson HR (0-0 pitch, LCF)
Pressley K
Hagen F-9

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 6

TOP 6

Reed 6-3
Herrera 4-3
Castro 1-3

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 6

BOTTOM 6

Radmanovich P-5
Chiaravalloti 5-3
Belcher H (RF)
Smith K

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 6

TOP 7

Simon 4-1
Nivar 6-3
Pachot 6-3

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 6

BOTTOM 7

NOTE: Edwin Almonte replaces Pat Stanley — Tim Sweeney replaces Randall Simon

Olivares K
Ryan L-3
Larson E-6
Pressley H (LF)
Hagen F-9

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 6

TOP 8

Knazek 5-3
Just K
Hill 3 UA

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 6

BOTTOM 8

Radmanovich 6-3
Chiaravalloti K
Belcher P-6

BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 6

TOP 9

Reed 4-3
Herrera 4-3
Castro 4-3

FINAL SCORE: BEARS 1 – PATRIOTS 6

Somerset wins the first half title, and has earned a berth in the Atlantic League playoffs.

All-Stars Announced:

FREEDOM

1B Josh Pressley- Somerset (.325, 11 HR, 43 RBI)
2B Bobby Hill- Newark (.256, 15 2B, 22 RBI)
3B Brandon Larson- Somerset (.339, 13 HR, 52 RBI)
SS Ramon Castro- Newark (.356, 9 HR, 31 RBI)
C Jason Belcher- Somerset (.307, 4 HR, 19 RBI)
OF Michael Ryan- Somerset (.303, 13 HR, 40 RBI)
OF Jose Herrera- Newark (.325, 4 HR, 37 RBI)
OF Michael Woods- Lancaster (.286, 20 SB, 25 RBI)
DH Jason Aspito- York (.268, 10 HR, 38 RBI)
U Danny Gonzalez- Lancaster (.290, 9 HR, 41 RBI)

P Pat Stanley- Newark (8-1, 3.20 ERA, 76 SO)
P Benito Baez- Newark (4-3, 4.07 ERA, 58 SO)
P Nick McCurdy- York (0-1, 1.37 ERA, 44 SO)
P Jason Richardson- Somerset (7-0, 3.47 ERA, 25 SO)
P Ryan Cullen- Lancaster (3-3, 1.69 ERA, 25 SO)
P Eric Ackerman- Lancaster (3-5, 4.54 ERA, 51 SO)
P Jason Olson- York (4-3, 4.04 ERA, 32 SO)
P Casey Cahill- Somerset (4-2, 3.03 ERA, 13 SO)

Res. Matt Hagen- Somerset (.317, 10 HR, 37 RBI)
Res. Keith Reed- Newark (.277, 10 HR, 43 RBI)
Res. Lloyd Turner- Lancaster (.279, 5 HR, 23 RBI)
Res. Sandy Aracena- York (.312, 3 HR, 17 RBI)

LIBERTY

1B Jesse Hoorelbeke- Bridgeport (.258, 15 HR, 56 RBI)
2B Ray Navarrete- Long Island (.326, 15 HR, 51 RBI)
3B Pat Osborn- Southern Maryland (.311, 10 HR, 68 RBI)
SS George Sandel- Southern Maryland (.265, 9 2B, 13 RBI)
C Jamie Pogue- Long Island (.288, 5 HR, 24 RBI)
OF Nic Jackson- Camden (.338, 8 HR, 30 RBI)
OF Branden Florence- Bridgeport (.328, 4 HR, 30 RBI)
OF Ron Davenport- Camden (.348, 10 HR, 39 RBI)
DH L.J. Biernbaum- Camden (.306, 18 2B, 35 RBI)
U Luis Lopez- Bridgeport (.365, 19 2B, 48 RBI)

P Randy Leek- Long Island (5-2, 4.18 ERA, 46 SO)
P Eric DuBose- Bridgeport (4-2, 3.38 ERA, 57 SO)
P Ryan Bicondoa- Southern Maryland (7-4, 3.98 ERA, 67 SO)
P Alec Zumwalt- Camden (4-1, 2.56 ERA, 31 SO)
P Matt Schweitzer- Southern Maryland (0-2, 1.03 ERA, 44 SO)
P Barry Hertzler- Bridgeport (3-5, 4.63 ERA, 29 SO)
P Joe Valentine- Long Island (3-2, 3.13 ERA, 20 SO)
P Julio Guerrero- Camden (6-1, 3.26 ERA, 30 SO)

RES Henry Mateo- Bridgeport (.312, 19 2B, 26 RBI)
RES Ryan Bear- Bridgeport (.324, 6 HR, 34 RBI)
RES Curtis Pride- Southern Maryland (.282, 7 HR, 34 RBI)
RES Adam Shorsher- Southern Maryland (.224, 6 HR, 32 RBI)

NOTE: Players who informed the league that they were not attending were not selected. For example, Carl Everett did not receive consideration for this reason.

Jim Frey and Don Zimmer will serve as honorary managers.

You Only Get One Shot: After a long day at the ballpark yesterday that featured two games which settled absolutely nothing, it’s all come down to tonight.

The Bears and Patriots square off at 6:05 tonight, with the winner taking the Freedom Division’s first half playoff spot, and leaving the loser thinking about what might have been.

It’s a particularly interesting situation for Somerset’s Ryan Radmanovich. Signing him was viewed as a move towards winning the first half — since the Canadian born slugger will be leaving for the Olympics in August — so with one game to decide the half, the team essentially signed him for this very game.

Any pressure, Ryan?

“No, I don’t think so,” he said.

“I think Sparky and Brett brought me in to help a team that was great already. Like Brett said, having an extra left-handed bat in the lineup with some power is always beneficial. We have Pressley and Michael Ryan, the lefties, and Sparky likes lefty and righty guys down the lineup. So it kind of made sense to bring me in. Brett said he didn’t want me to go anywhere else. We just want to come out tonight and win a half.”

The last time Radmanovich was in this league, 2006, the Bears finished at 42-83, good for last place in the Atlantic League.

Last year, when the outfielder was in the Northern League, Newark had a remarkable turnaround and won the championship.

“The way this league works, teams like Newark — they had a new manager in there last year, Wayne Krenchicki, he came from Camden, and they’d won in the past — a new manager can make a big difference,” he said.

“They brought in the right people over there, and they built a great team. But Somerset’s as strong as ever, as I see it. The years I’ve been here, and even last year, they put together quality teams, with quality people too.”

Trump To Appear At All-Star Game: The Three-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced that famed billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump will be the team’s Honorary Executive Chairman and make a special appearance at the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game at Commerce Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 16th.

Mr. Trump will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the start of the game and address the crowd during the pre-game festivities.

From the most exclusive hotels and casinos to ultra luxury Trump Golf Clubs, the name Trump is synonymous with the highest quality of excellence. With the launch of “The Apprentice” on NBC, Mr. Trump has set the standard for reality television shows to become an even bigger part of popular culture. Mr. Trump is not only one of the most successful entrepreneurs around the world, he is also a great philanthropist who is involved in numerous charitable organizations and events.

“It will truly be an honor to welcome ‘The Donald’ to Commerce Bank Ballpark for the All-Star Game. The game will be the premier event in Central New Jersey this summer, and having Mr. Trump serve as the Honorary Executive Chair, and appear as a part of it, will make for an All-Star experience for our fans and players,” said Steve Kalafer, Chairman of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

The 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game will pit the very best players in the Freedom and Liberty Divisions, as voted on by the fans and those familiar with the Atlantic League, against each other in the traditional exhibition game the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

The Atlantic League All-Star Game will have several pre-game festivities including the Home Run Derby, an autograph session with all the All-Star players and coaches, live music, and many other activities. The All-Star Game will include giveaways for fans and entertainment from The ZOOperstars, BirdZerk, and a Post Game Fireworks Show unlike any seen in Central New Jersey.

For more information about the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game, or to purchase tickets to the game, call (908) 252-0700 or visit http://www.somersetpatriots.com/.

– Mike Ashmore

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Comments»

1. Anonymous - July 7, 2008

Congrats to the Patriots. What an exciting first half!! Tooth and nail fight to the final game.


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