HACKETTSTOWN NATIVE CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CAREER AS A RELIEF PITCHER WITH SOMERSET PATRIOTS
By Ejvind Boccolini
A native of Hackettstown, graduating from Hackettstown High School in 2006, Jon Lucas is now a relief pitcher for the Somerset Patriots baseball team, continuing his career with strength and style.
He has travelled extensively on the east coast, midwest, west coast, and Canada, playing the game he loves as part of professional baseball teams. Lucas will, of course, still travel to countless games out of state and across the nation, but he will be playing “home” games pretty close indeed to his hometown of Hackettstown – only about 40 minutes away.
Lucas was traded to the Somerset Patriots from the Camden Riversharks (both New Jersey Teams) in recent weeks. After his first few days in Somerset, “we flew out to play a team the Sugar Land Skeeters in Texas,” he said.
He is pleased with his performance on the field as a relief pitcher – so, his hard work is paying off.
Lucas has a good perspective on his job and knows how to get good results. It is all a part of the process of making one’s performance count each day.
“I had a rough first outing with the Patriots against the Bridgeport Bluefish. We played them again this past week. I knew that if I made my pitches everything would be alright,” Lucas said.
He is well aware of how to put his mind toward succeeding, and bringing his team to victory. It is something he knows from the experience of being in what others may consider to be “pressure situations” on the field.
“I was calm and confident and everything went rather smoothly,” he said of his performance in this recent game.
It is this kind of outlook that will get the team on the winning track. So, Lucas will fit right in with the Somerset Patriots – a five-time Atlantic League championship team (Atlantic League of Professional Baseball), winning in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2009.
Located in Bridgewater Township, NJ, the Patriots were founded in 1997, and you can check out their calendar, get tickets, and find news on the games at their website, www.somersetpatriots.com.
One of the original franchises of the Atlantic League, the Somerset Patriots “have consistently drawn over 5,300 fans per game and over 360,000 fans per season over their 16 years in existence. The Somerset Patriots welcomed their 5,000,000th fan in September of 2012,” it notes on their website.
There are details available for each game on the website, and the promotions that will be offered are listed as well – everything from giveaways to fireworks.
A ticket to a game is inexpensive, so get out and support players like Jon Lucas and his teammates.
Lucas commented that he was happy about the new opportunity, and is looking forward to seeing his friends and family at the games.
“I am very excited about having the opportunity to play for the Somerset Patriots. It is exciting to be able to play close to home,” he said.
Lucas added that, “It’s a good situation for me in that I can play in front of my friends and family.”
Previously, Lucas also played on the minor league team for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Hackettstown News ran a story in Nov. 2012 about Lucas’ career as well.
At the start of his career, he attended Wagner College, a Division 1 School where he earned “All Conference” as a designated hitter for both his junior and senior years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Wagner. He previously attended Kean University as well.
We are proud to have a local resident make a name as a baseball player on a nationwide level and we wish him continued luck.
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