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Sun's parade is rained on

June 14, 1998|By BOB PARASILITI

Marty Pevey stood in his shorts and sandals, looking like he was standing on the shoreline.

"What you gonna do," the Hagerstown Suns manager said with a shrug.

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A Saturday full of thunderstorms turned Municipal Stadium into Municipal Lake and postponed another game for the Suns, making their come-from-behind quest for the South Atlantic League's Northern Division first-half title all the more difficult.

High tide rolled in about 6:45 p.m., 20 minutes before the game's scheduled start. The game was called after the tarp was pulled and the water couldn't drain after the constant precipitation of the last week.

The game with Asheville will be made up as part of a doubleheader today at 2:05 p.m. to finish the first half. And "What you gonna do" turned into "What you gotta do."

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"We're one game back with two to play," Pevey said. "We've got to win two and they have to lose two."

It's that simple. All Hagerstown will be forced to do is win its fourth doubleheader in a week.

The Suns are one game behind division-leading Cape Fear with two games to play. The Crocs have been rained out the last two nights in Charleston (W.Va.), losing one game to the weather.

A tie for first only benefits Cape Fear, which would win the title by tiebreaker - head-to-head competition, where the Crocs own a 10-3 edge over the Suns.

"It's sad that they don't make Cape Fear play all three games," Pevey said. "It's sad for the kids who worked this hard to get here and it doesn't help Cape Fear any. Their kids should have to learn to play under this kind of pressure."

The Suns have turned up the pressure on Cape Fear since Memorial Day. Hagerstown (42-26) is 15-2, while Cape Fear (43-25) is only 5-11, enabling the Suns to make up 9 1/2 games in the standings.

But then, reality sets in.

"This is the minor leagues," Pevey said. "You think the league is going to consider playing on Monday? If they cared about this race, they would. Monday is an off day."

The South Atlantic League begins its All-Star break with the end of today's games. The three-day vacation has festivities planned for Monday, with the All-Star game set for Tuesday in Charleston, S.C.

Despite the steady diet of twinbills, Hagerstown's pitching has withstood the test.

"We've been able to cover it, but it can backfire big time," Pevey said. "Doubleheaders can eat through your bullpen. But (today), we are going to use everyone we have to win these games, because we have three days off after that to rest.

"These kids have the best attitude. They just want to get out there and play."

With weather like this, what you gonna do?

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