After losing five out of their last six games, the Barnstormers earned a much-needed win on Wednesday over Sugar Land.
The Stormers, led by Tanner Peters, did just that, beating the Skeeters 12-3. The win included two big innings; a three-run seventh inning and a six-run eighth inning.
Peters, making his fifth start of the season, had his best outing on Wednesday. He pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, a walk and five strikeouts. His effort was good enough for the win, and his ERA drops to 5.47.
Peters allowed a two-run home run by Jeremy Barfield in the first inning, but Sugar Land only managed to get three runners on base in Peters’ six remaining innings.
Lancaster was able to get to Sugar Land starter Sean Gallagher early. In the first inning Travis Witherspoon walked and Kevin Ahrens singled. Witherspoon scored on a Caleb Gindl sacrifice fly, and Ahrens came home on a Sean Halton triple. The Stormers added another run in the fifth inning with an Ahrens home run.
Ahrens finished the night going four for five with an RBI on his home run. Ahrens now has six home runs on the season.
Things would really pick up in the seventh inning. With the score at 3-2 Lancaster, and Gallagher still in the game, K.C. Hobson was the first Barnstormer to reach base via walk. He would be forced out on a fielder’s choice hit by Witherspoon, who reached first base on the play. Ahrens would single, and Gindl would then double to score Witherspoon and advance Ahrens to third. Ahrens and Gindl would then score on a Josh Bell single.
After Bell’s two-run single, Jon Velasquez would come in and record the final out, but he would not have the same luck in the eighth inning.
Lancaster’s six-run eighth inning began with a solo home run from Mike McDade. The next six batters would reach base and five more runs scored. Bell finished with three RBI’s. Witherspoon and Gindl each had two. For Sugar Land, Velasquez finished the inning with five earned runs charged against him. Ryan Mattheus, who came into the game after a Witherspoon two-run RBI single, had the other run charged to him.
Pete Andrelczyk and Cody Burns each pitched an inning after Peters exited. Burns gave up a double and a single that added Sugar Land’s third run.
With the win, the Barnstormers are now tied with the Skeeters for second place in the Freedom division. Both teams are two games behind the York Revolution, who currently occupy first place.
Tomorrow night, the winner of this series will be determined in game three. First pitch is at 7:00 pm at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Following tomorrow’s game, the Barnstormers will pack their bags for a six-game road trip. The trip features two three-game series; June 17-19 against the Long Island Ducks, and June 20-22 against the Bridgeport Bluefish.
The Barnstormers will return to Clipper Magazine Stadium on Thursday, June 23 to start their four-game series against the New Britain Bees.