The Sugar Land Skeeters will be back in the Atlantic League postseason to defend their league championship from a year ago.

Despite falling to New Britain, the Skeeters clinched the first-half Freedom Division championship on Sunday, securing a berth into the 2019 Atlantic League postseason. Second-place York lost the first game of its doubleheader against Lancaster, 7-5, to give the division title to Sugar Land.

The Skeeters will be making their second straight trip to the playoffs and their fifth overall trip in the franchise’s eight-year history.

After Sunday’s action, Sugar Land finished the first half with a 35-35 record, a half-game ahead of York.

The first-half title gives Sugar Land its third straight regular-season Freedom Division championship. The Skeeters won both the first half and second halves of the Freedom Division in 2018 en route to winning the Atlantic League championship.

The Skeeters have now secured a spot in the postseason in their first two seasons under manager Pete Incaviglia. Since Incaviglia took over prior to the 2018 season, the Skeeters have gone 116-79.

Sugar Land lost the last game of the first half of the season on Sunday, 3-2 to the New Britain Bees in 10 innings. Zach Borenstein drove in both Skeeter runs on a sac fly in the second inning that scored Denis Phipps; and reaching on an error that allowed Jason Martinson to score.

But the Bees scored runs in the sixth and eighth innings to send the game to extra innings, and won the game on a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error by Skeeter pitcher Danny Reynolds.

Sugar Land opens the second half of the regular season on July 12 at Constellation Field with a six-game series against the Long Island Ducks.

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