By Gabby Sully- Media Relations Assistant
Bridgewater, NJ- In his second year of the Atlantic League and with the Somerset Patriots, southpaw Duane Below will be making his second Atlantic League All-Star Game appearance representing the Somerset Patriots.
“I think it’s a great honor, especially when we have multiple guys that deserved it as well and didn’t make it,” Below said. “I’m excited to be able to represent Somerset again and go to Long Island and see how they do it, especially after the great one last year that the Patriots put on in Somerset.”
Below is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA (fourth in the league), and 51 strikeouts against just 13 walks in 63.1 innings pitched over 10 starts. He has allowed more than three earned runs in a start just once this year and has not walked more than three batters in any appearance. Additionally, Below’s .213 BAA (batting average against) ranks third in the entire league.
Below contributes his success to working hard, especially during spring training.
“Picking other starters brains, picking other pitchers brains,” he continued, “In spring training, talking to the hitters and see what they think and saw of me facing me, and just trying to continue to build and continue to get stronger as the season goes.”
With the second half already underway and playoffs on the horizon, Below is looking forward to continued success.
“We have a great team, we continue to build off of that, and it’s a long season, so we got to keep guys healthy, keep them on the field and use the defense, and try to get better,” Below added, “try to have a better second half than I had the first, and try to help the team in any way I can to help win.”
The Atlantic League’s 21st Annual All-Star Game will be held at Bethpage Ballpark, the home of the Long Island Ducks, on Wednesday, July 11th at 6:35 p.m.
The midsummer classic will be preceded by the Digmi Home Run Derby and will showcase several of the top power hitters in the league this year. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to the biggest Fireworks Spectacular of the season.
Tickets for the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, are on sale now! Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, online HERE, or downloading the Ducks mobile app.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.
For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.