Skeeters win Atlantic League All-Star game 5-3

The 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game was kicked off with a Home Run Derby featuring Tracy McGrady of Sugar Land, CoreySmith of Somerset, LewFord of Long Island and ColeGarner of Lancaster. Each player was matched up with a local little-leaguer who competed in a home run derby of their own. Smith took home the Home Run Derby trophy after hitting five balls out of the park.

The Skeeters ended a hard-fought battle in the Atlantic League All-Star Game with a 5-3 victory over the visiting East Coast Atlantic League All-Stars. The visitors collected three runs on five hits and two errors while the home team racked up five runs on eight hits and no errors. Nick Stavinoha was named the All-Star Game MVP after collecting two hits in his four at bats with two runners batted in.

Tracy McGrady (1.1,1,1,1,1,1) made his fifth start of the season tonight for the Skeeters and pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one run on one hit and was able to collect his first strikeout of the season after sending Bryan Pounds back to the dugout disappointed.

MattZielinski of Somerset (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) started on the mound for the East Coast All-Stars and tossed the first inning allowing one hit while recording one strikeout.

The visiting All-Stars struck early in the top of the first inning starting with second baseman Eric Patterson of York (0x3, R) getting walked. The next batter, outfielder Cole Garner of Lancaster (0x2), was then hit by a pitch as outfielder Lew Ford of Long Island (1×4, R) stepped into the box. Ford hit into a fielder’s choice situation that led to Garner being retired with the force at second. Third baseman and Home Run Derby winner Corey Smith of Somerset (1×2, RBI) then hit a double to right-center field that would bring in Patterson for the first run of the game. 

The Skeeters matched the visitor’s first-inning run in the bottom of the second beginning with catcher TravisScott (1×3, R) getting walked. Second baseman ChaseLambin (1×4) then crushed a double off the left field wall that put runners on second and third.  Shortstop TaylorHarbin (01×1, RBI) sacrificed a fly ball to the center fielder that would allow Scott to cross the plate for the first Skeeter run of the game.

Third baseman DominicRamos (1×3, R) led off the bottom of the third inning with a single over the second baseman’s head. Left fielder RyanLangerhans (1×2, R) followed Ramos with a single of his own to right-center field. Langerhans was able to reach second after the visiting right fielder committed an error, which led to Ramos coming around for run number two. Center fielder AdamGodwin (0x2) was walked the following batter as designated hitter NickStavinoha (2×4, 2 RBI) came to the plate. Stavinoha singled to left field but ended up on second base after the left fielder made an error, which led to Langerhans crossing the plate to give the Skeeters a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the fourth.

Ford started the top of the seventh with a triple down the right-field line and was brought home on a sacrifice hit from utility player AmadeoZazueta of Southern Maryland (1×1, RBI). First baseman BryanPounds of Camden (1×4, R, RBI, HR) then tied the game at 3-3 with a solo shot over the left-field fence.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Barton reached base with a walk followed by a crushed triple to the right-field corner from Young that would bring in Barton for the go-ahead run. Stavinoha then singled to right-center field, which brought in Young to give Sugar Land a 5-3 lead heading into the top of the eighth.

ClintEverts (1.2,0,0,0,0,1) entered the game with one out in the top of the second inning and tossed 0.2 inning and did not allow a run or a hit while recording one strikeout. Pitching in the third inning was BenKozlowski (1.0,0,0,0,0,0), who also did not allow a run or a hit during his frame. Newly acquired AndrewJohnston (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) took the mound in the top of the fifth and was able to hold the visitors scoreless. CoryVanAllen (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) took over for Johnston the sixth and was able preserve the 3-1 lead during his time on the mound. RoyCorcoran (1.0,3,2,2,1,1) entered in the seventh and allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. At the conclusion of the game, Corcoran was named the winning pitcher of the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game. BrianBroderick (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) took the hill in the top of the eighth and retired three batters in order with one strikeout. Closer GaryMajewski (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) finished the game strong only allowing one hit without giving up a run or hit before collecting the save.

Pitching the second inning for the visitors was ChrisSchwinden of Lancaster (1.0,1,1,1,1,0) who allowed one run on one hit with a walked batter. ShaunGarceau of Long Island (1.0,3,2,2,1,1) took the hill in the third and gave up two runs on three hits with one walk and a strikeout. IanMarshall of Southern Maryland (1.0,0,0,0,2,0) took over for Garceau in the fourth and did not allow a run or a hit despite walking two batters. TimGustafson of Bridgeport (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) pitched a hitless fifth inning for the visiting All-Stars. T.J. Hose of Camden (1.0,0,0,0,0,4) also delivered a hitless and scoreless inning in the sixth after collecting four strikeouts during his frame. Camden’s MattGorgen (1.0,3,2,2,1,3) came into the game in the bottom of the seventh in relief for Hose and gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and three personal retirements. Pitching the bottom of the eighth was JimEdWarden of Southern Maryland (0.2,0,0,0,0,0), who helped retire the first two batters of the inning before RommieLewis of York (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) ended the inning.

For a complete box score of the game, please visit www.SugarLandSkeeters.com.

Home Field Advantage:

After a long stretch on the road and the Atlantic League All-Star Game, the Skeeters will start a six-game home stand against the Lancaster Barnstormers starting on Friday, July 18. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. CT. at Constellation Field.

Skeeters on ESPN3:

The Sugar Land Skeeters announced this year their ground-breaking, minor league baseball agreement with ESPN, who will gain the exclusive rights to place games on its digital and television networks. The deal will begin with Skeeters home game coverage throughout the 2014 season.

All games will be produced live and may be accessible online at WatchESPN.com and SugarLandSkeeters.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

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