After losing yesterday 5-3, the Barnstormers needed a win to get back to .500.
Shortstop Kevin Ahrens certainly delivered on Memorial Day. Ahrens went four for four at the plate, with five RBI and a walk. Ahrens’ three-RBI double in the sixth inning gave Lancaster a 4-2 lead over Sugar Land after the ‘Stormers trailed 2-1.
Ahrens also drove in two more on an RBI single in the eighth inning that was the start to a six-inning romp. After Ahrens’ single, Caleb Gindl hit a double, and Josh Whitaker got Ahrens home via sacrifice fly.
Gindl would come home when Josh Bell recorded an RBi single. Sean Halton was next up, and hit a two-run bomb that gave Lancaster an eight-run lead. Halton has now hit four home runs in his last three games.
Sugar Land would add two more runs in the ninth inning on a two-RBI single from Jeremy Barfield.
Both starting pitchers had decent outings, but neither’s records were affected. Lancaster’s Austin Bibens-Dirkx went four innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Sugar Land’s Aaron Thompson went five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, three walks and six strikeouts.
Pete Andrelczyk earned his second win on the season in relief, going two innings with a walk and a strikeout. Although Raul Rivera gave up all six earned runs in the eighth inning, Chris Rearick took the loss by allowing Ahrens’ three RBI double in the sixth inning. It is his first loss of the season.
The win gives Lancaster the series win over Sugar Land, as the Barnstormers take three games out of four from the Skeeters. The win also boosts Lancaster back to .500, and three games back in the Freedom division.
Upcoming Series: The Long Island Ducks will now come to Lancaster for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday and ending Thursday. First pitch for all three games is at 7:00 pm.
The Ducks (22-15) are currently in first place in the Liberty Division.