By Bill McCaughey
The Sugar Land Skeeters began a weeklong road trip by beating the Somerset Patriots 4-3 behind home runs by Rene Tosoni and Jeff Dominguez on Tuesday, May 24.
After Ricky Hague singled in the first, Tosoni blasted a home run to give the Skeeters a quick two run lead. The Patriots responded in the fourth inning with a run. In the top of the fifth, Dominguez answered with a two-run home run giving the Skeeters a 4-1 lead. The Patriots scored 2 in the eighth but the Skeeters held on for a 4-3 victory.
Hague and Tosoni had two hits each, and Sean Gallagher pitched 5 and 2/3 innings of one run ball to get the victory.
The Skeeters continued their winning ways with a 5-3 win over the Patriots on Wednesday. The Skeeters were led by Kent Matthes who went 3-for-4 with a 2-run home run. Andrew Johnston shut down the Patriots in the ninth to get his first save of the season.
The Skeeters completed a sweep of the series beating Somerset 6-1 on Thursday. The Skeeters got back-to-back home runs from Kent Matthes and Johan Limonta in the third inning, and a pair of RBI singles from Matthes and Beamer Weems in the 5th inning gave the Skeeters a 5-0 lead. Ricky Hague finished the scoring with a home run in the 6th to make the score 6-0. Parker Frazier picked up his fifth win of the season by scattering three hits over 6 innings and allowing no runs.
On Friday, the Skeeters moved on to Lancaster and suffered a 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Barnstormers. At the end of three innings, the Skeeters were behind 6-1, and could not catch up. The Skeeters picked up one run in the fourth on a Rene Tosoni home run, and three more runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Jeremy Barfield, an RBI double from Kent Matthes and an RBI groundout from Johan Limonta. The Skeeters were then shutout for the last three innings. Hague, Tosoni and Barfield had two hits each for the Skeeters. Roy Merritt took the loss.
On Saturday, Lancaster made it two in a row over the Skeeters, winning 7-4. The score was tied at 3 in the bottom of the seventh when the Barnstormers scored four runs, the big blow being a two-run home run by Schafer. The Skeeters got an RBI double from Patrick Palmeiro in the ninth to make the final score 7-4. Jeremy Barfield had two hits to lead the Skeeters. Jake Hale picked up the loss.
The Skeeters took a 5-3 win over Lancaster on Sunday. The Skeeters had a big fourth inning with Wilfredo Rodriguez hitting a solo home run and Travis Scott blasting a three-run homer. Sean Gallagher picked up the win allowing just two runs over six innings, and Derrick Loop got the save.
On Memorial Day, the Skeeters lost the the series finale to Lancaster 10-4 to finish 4-3 on their seven-game road trip. The Skeeters are now 21-17 on the season and 1.5 games behind York Revolution for first place in the Freedom Division.
Caleb Gindl gave the Barnstormers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on an RBI sac-fly that pushed across Logan Schafer. Travis Scott responded in the bottom of the 4th with a two-run shot that gave the Skeeters a 2-1 lead. Skeeters reliever Chris Rearick struggled in the bottom of the 6th, giving up a three-run double to Kevin Ahrens that put the Barnstormers up 4-2. Raul Rivera ran into even more trouble with Lancaster’s six-run 8th inning that included a pair of RBI singles from Kevin Ahrens and Josh Bell and a two-run shot from Sean Halton that would put Lancaster up 10-2.
The Skeeters got a couple runs back in the top of the 9th with a two-run single from Jeremy Barfield, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome Lancaster. The Skeeters are now 2-6 against the Barnstormers on the season.
The Fort Bend Star Skeeter of the Week is starting pitcher Sean Gallagher. Gallagher had two wins and allowed only three earned runs over 11 and 2/3 innings. A close second was Ricky Hague who went 9 for 23 for a .391 batting average.