Bridgewater Township, NJ – The High Point Rockers take game three of the four game series against the Somerset Patriots after a decisive 5-2 victory in game one of a two game double header. A strong pitching outing form Stephen Johnson paired with the hot bat of Quincy Latimore, who recorded his fifth home run in six games, was the recipe for a Rockers win.
In the bottom of the first the Somerset Patriots began the scoring when Ramon Flores singled to right field that brought in Craig Massey to score. The Patriots were off to a hot start following a double from Mike Ohlman that scored Flores. The Rockers didn’t take long to answer the Patriots early scoring, as Josh Mazzola responded by hitting a three-run home run to give the Rockers a 3-2 lead in the top of the second.
After a rocky start, Stephen Johnson settled into a groove on the mound. From the bottom of the third, Johnson retired eight straight Somerset batters.
In the top of the seventh, Quincy Latimore continued his hot streak by hitting a two run home run, which is his fifth deep ball in the past six games. Those two insurance runs put the Rockers up 5-2.
Sam Runion came on in relief for Johnson in the bottom of the seventh to earn his first save of the season. Stephen Johnson earned the win throwing six innings, allowing four hits and two runs. Johnson is now 2-0 this season with a 3.27 ERA.
The Rockers will be back in action later tonight at 6:35PM at TD Bank Ballpark for game two of the doubleheader. The Rockers return home May 17th against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. To get your tickets, visit www.highpointrockers.com or call 336-888-1000.
About High Point Baseball, Inc
High Point Baseball aka the High Point Rockers will begin their inaugural season in the Atlantic League in 2019 with their home opener schedule for May 2, in a brand new approximately $36M downtown ballpark named BB&T Point. Expected to enhance the rich baseball history in North Carolina, High Point Baseball is part of the fastest growing family sport in America. High Point Baseball is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the Triad of North Carolina. Look for exciting upcoming announcements, including the team mascot. In addition, season ticket deposits are currently being accepted, while corporate partnerships are currently being crafted.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com