Sugar Land, TX – The Sugar Land Skeeters (53-24, 6-1) squeaked by the Somerset Patriots (48-28, 2-5) 10-9 Friday evening from humid Constellation Field in front of a crowd of 5,408 in the series opener.
Somerset jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as first baseman Jake Fox slapped a RBI double down the left field line and designated hitter Cory Aldridge hit a RBI sacrifice fly.
In the ensuing half inning center fielder Reid Gorecki socked a leadoff solo home run (6) to left-center field to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.
Shortstop Bobby Stevens hit a line drive home run (4) down the left field line in the top of the second inning to increase the Patriots lead to 3-1.
Somerset added to their lead in the top of the third inning as second baseman Jeff Baisley softly hit a RBI single through the left side and Stevens got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make the contest 5-1.
The Skeeters cut the deficit in half in the home half of the third inning as second baseman Jeff Dominguez slugged a RBI double and another run scored via a throwing error by catcher James Skelton as the score was 5-3.
Sugar tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth frame as catcher Koby Clemens (14) and third baseman Russ Mitchell (2) hit back-to-back home runs each to left field.
First baseman Travis Scott gave the Skeeters their first advantage as his RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning broke the tie making the score 6-5.
The Patriots evened the score at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning as third baseman Corey Smith roped a RBI single through the left side.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning right fielder Ryan Langerhans launched a grand slam (1) to dead center field to give the Skeeters a 10-6 lead which they would not relinquish.
Somerset cut the deficit in half in the top of the eighth inning as Stevens scored on a wild pitch and Smith registered his fourth base hit to bring home a run making the score 10-8.
In the top of the ninth inning Stevens collected a two out RBI double to make the score 10-9 which would be the final score.
Jay Marshall (1-0) earned the win in relief. Roy Merritt (0-2) suffered the loss in relief. Gary Majewski notched his 5th save of the season.
The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Thursday, July 18th when the Patriots return home to take on the Lancaster Barnstormers at 7:05 p.m. The game features Jewish Heritage Night presented by the Jewish National Fund. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.