Monday, May 28, 2012

Lancaster falls to Sugar Land, 4-3 in extra innings.

Skeeters' catcher Manny Meija slides into third base
while Terry Tiffee gets the forced-out in the third
inning. Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loco
Photography, Copyright 2012, All Right Reserved
By Robert H Kelly
Copyight 2012 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 27, 2012) Connecting for a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, shortstop Dominic Ramos connected on an 0-2 pitch to give the Sugar Land Skeeters a 4-3 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.

The win raised the Skeeters’ season record to 14-15 and allowed them to take the four-game series 3-1.

The Barnstormers jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning when left fielder Blake Gailen scored from second base on a double by third baseman Terry Tiffee.

They scored their second run of the game in the fifth inning when second baseman Brad Boyer scored from third base on a passed ball.

The Skeeters came back in the bottom of the inning when Josh Pressley connected for his third homerun of the season to cut the Barnstormers lead to one.

Lancaster followed up with their own homerun in the next innings on a Tommy Everidge round tripper to give the Barnstormers a two-run lead.

Not to be outdone, Skeeters’ right fielder Jason Botts tallied his own homerun over the left field wall to take the score to 3-2 in favor of the Barnstormers.

The Skeeters evened the score at 3-all when player-coach Vic Gutierrez scored from third base on a passed ball to tie the score and sent the game to extra innings.

Right fielder Jason Botts ended the game in the bottom of the tenth inning with a walk-off homerun to give the Skeeters the victory.

Pressley’s home run in the fifth inning was his 99th as an Atlantic League player.

In addition, Botts extended his game hitting streak to eight

The Skeeters will begin a four-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Monday with the first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.

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