Suns cruise to third straight

June 22, 1998

HICKORY, N.C. - Bobby Cripps clubbed his 19th home run and drove in three runs Sunday to cap off some early Hickory hospitality as Hagerstown scored a 9-0 victory over the Crawdads.

Hagerstown (3-1) won its third straight of the second half and 13 of its last 14th overall.

Hickory handed the Suns three of the five runs they scored in the first two innings with an array of wild pitches, passed balls and errors.

It all benefited Hagerstown starter Matt McClellan (5-2), who pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and striking out three. Colin Brackeen and Tim Huff came on to close out the shutout.

Cripps ripped his two-run homer in the seventh inning and added an RBI double in the eighth. Greg Morrison drove home Cripps with a single in the eighth to close the scoring.


Vernon Wells led the Suns' 14-hit attack with three hits while Mike Young, Cripps and Morrison had two each.

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the first when Young walked, stole second and moved to third on Josh Fauske's throwing error before scoring on Miguel Felix's wild pitch.

The Suns added four runs in the second as Mike Strange singled and took third when first baseman Brain Downs missed a pickoff throw and scored on a passed ball.

After Mike Rodriguez doubled and Luis Morillo walked, Young ripped an RBI single and stole second. Morillo scored on a second passed ball. Wells capped the rally with an RBI single.

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