Heading into the seventh inning with the game tied at 3, the Barnstormers needed to find a way to take the lead.
Mike McDade got things started with a one-out single, and Charlie Cutler was the second Barnstormer that could not get on base. McDade would reach second on a passed ball. With one out to work with, Travis Witherspoon was the man who came through with an RBI single that scored McDade. Immediately after Witherspoon scored when Jeff Kobernus hit a double. Logan Schafer, who signed with Lancaster just over three weeks ago, followed that by hitting his first home run with the Barnstormers that extended Lancaster’s lead to four.
Sugar Land was able to add another run in the ninth inning, but the Barnstormers held on for their second consecutive win and now lead the series against the Skeeters 2-0. The win also boosts the Barnstormers to the .500 mark, and three games back behind the second place skeeters in the Freedom Division.
Lancaster managed just two hits before the seventh inning – both were home runs by Sean Halton. In the second inning Halton hit a solo shot, and in his next at-bat in the fourth inning he hit another bomb that scored both himself and Caleb Gindl. These were Halton’s first home runs of the season, coming just one night after he doubled and tripled.
Ryan Dennick earned his first win of the season, pitching an inning and allowing a hit with a strikeout. He is now 1-1 o the season. Sugar Land’s Jake Hale took the loss after allowing Witherspoon’s RBI single. He is now 0-1.
Lancaster starter Bryan Evans went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Sugar Land starter Barrett Loux went five innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits, three walks and five strikeouts.
Tomorrow, the Skeeters will tangle with the Barnstormers once again in game three of this four game set. The pitching matchup will be Sugar Land’s Sean Gallagher (2-3, 2.73 ERA in seven starts) vs. Lancaster’s Tanner Peters (1-0, 2.84 ERA). Peters will be making his second start on the season. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 pm at Clipper Magazine Stadium.