Open Tryouts Next Saturday

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ- The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced that open tryouts for the team will be held at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, March 27th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

There will be an administration fee of $40 to tryout, with proceeds being donated to the Somerset Patriots Children’s Educational And Sportsmanship Foundation, which has been established to give to various charities supported by the Somerset Patriots.

Players are to report to TD Bank Ballpark at 8:00 am for registration. Participants must be high school graduates and at least eighteen years of age. All those present should provide their career statistics and must supply their own wooden bats and baseball gloves. All participants will be required to sign a release form before trying out for the team.

Coaches and representatives from the Patriots will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark, including Manager Sparky Lyle, President/General Manager Patrick McVerry, and Vice President/Assistant General Manager Rob Lukachyk.

The Patriots have invited ten players from tryouts to Spring Training over the past decade. Several players made the roster including last season when pitcher Scott Van Es pitched for the Patriots through mid-August. Other notable tryout signings were Tony Gsell, who played for Somerset from 2003 through 2006, and Jim Burt Jr. (pictured), who played for the team throughout the 2006 season.

“We’ve had success finding players during our open tryouts. It’s a great opportunity for a player to come out and show what he’s got in hopes to play at this level. We’re looking forward to hopefully finding someone from the tryouts again this year,” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

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