CAMDEN, New Jersey – Seven solid innings from Jason Lane and 17 hits from the offense salvaged game three of the series with an 8-6 win over the Riversharks Sunday afternoon at Campbell’s Field. With the win, the Skeeters finished the regular-season series against the Riversharks (13-7).
Sugar Land started the scoring first in the top of the second after three straight singles started the inning from Dionys Cesar, Matt Hagen and Ofilio Castro. Bubba Bell drove two runs in with the bases loaded with a double down the right-field line to give the Skeeters a 2-0 lead. One batter later, Iggy Suarez plated one more with an RBI single, 3-0.
Starter Bryan Corey (8-9) struggled in the top of the third when the righty again loaded the bases for the Skeeters with two singles from Dominic Ramos and Cesar and a walk to Hagen. Ofilio Castro came through this time with a sac-fly into left to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Skeeters scored more in the top of the fourth off Corey before he was yanked two batters into the inning. Suarez led off with a single into left and Steve Moss brought him in with a RBI double down the left-field line, 5-0.
Blake King replaced Corey in the fourth to finish out the inning. Moss moved to third on Josh Pressley’s second single of the game, and scored the sixth run of the game when Pressley was caught off first on a wild-pitch. Moss trotted home after the ball was dropped from tagging Pressley, 6-0. Ramos walked one batter later and stole second, but after tagging on a fly ball into right to get to third, he scored on a RBI single from Cesar to make it 7-0.
For the fourth straight inning, the Skeeters scored at least one run with another off King in the fifth. Castro walked and moved to second on a groundout from Bell before scoring on a Suarez double into right-center field, 8-0. Spencer Steedley replaced King after an inning and a third to record the final two outs of the fifth.
Jason Lane (7-4) was near perfect through six innings before Camden scored their first runs of the game off him in the bottom of the seventh. Through the first six innings, Lane had not faced more than four batters in an inning and had retired the side in order three times. Lane hit Pedro Feliz on a 3-2 count in the arm in the leadoff spot before Eduardo Perez singled into right to put two on base. After striking out Raul Padron and getting Alvin Colina to fly out into right, Lloyd Turner brought both runners in with a RBI double into left-center field, 8-2.
Pedro Liriano replaced Lane in the eighth after the lefty worked seven innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out six. Liriano retired the side in order in the eighth with the help from a 4-6-3 double play after walking a batter in the three he faced.
Dustin Richardson came in to pitch the ninth, but struggled to record an out walking three batters in a row to load the bases. Gary Majewski replaced him but gave up a single to Alvin Colina that scored one run, 8-3. Majewski hit Turner in the next at-bat, 8-4, but got Steve Doetsch to groundout into a 5-2-3 double play with the bases loaded to put two outs on the board.
Reid Gorecki picked up his first base-hit as a Shark with two RBIs attached with runners on second and third to cut the Skeeters lead down to two, 8-6, but Brian Burgamy finished the game as the ninth batter of the inning when Majewski struck him out looking to seal the win.