Another First Half Failure

(PR)Bridgewater, NJ – The Lancaster Barnstormers defeated the Somerset Patriots 11-9 in ten innings before 7,837 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday night.

Lancaster broke a 9-9 tie in the top of the tenth inning on a two-run double by third baseman Aaron Herr for the 11-9 final.

The Patriots got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Right fielder Noah Hall reached on an error, catcher Jason Belcher reached on a fielder’s choice, and third baseman Pete LaForest followed with a three-run home run (4) to right field for a 3-0 advantage.

Lancaster took the lead with five runs in the top of the third inning. Catcher Jed Morris singled, center fielder Joe Gaetti drew a walk, and both runners scored on a two-run double by shortstop Bryant Nelson. Left fielder Michael Woods then doubled home Nelson to tie up the game. Herr and right fielder Reggie Taylor each drove in runs with RBI doubles for a 5-3 lead.

The Barnstormers added two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Second baseman Lloyd Turner led off with a home run (6). Morris singled and later scored on an RBI single by designated hitter Jason Perry for a 7-3 lead.

Somerset answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Second baseman David Housel singled and scored on an RBI double by center fielder Wayne Lydon. First baseman Michael Hernandez would drive home Housel with an RBI single to make the score 7-5.

Lancaster extended the lead with a run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Herr for an 8-5 lead.

The Patriots continued to chip away with a run in the bottom of the sixth after right fielder Noah Hall singled and later scored on an RBI double by catcher Jason Belcher to make the score 8-6.

Lancaster scored again in the top of the seventh inning on a solo home run by first baseman Ryan Mulhern (6) for a 9-6 advantage.

Somerset tied up the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by RBI singles by Belcher and LaForest.

Barnstormers reliever Tim Hamulack (3-3) picked up the win and Patriots reliever Ryan Houston (2-2) suffered the loss.

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