Hagerstown Suns 1998 Top 10 moments

September 13, 1998

Getting to the playoffs requires some memorable plays. Here are the top 10, in descending order, of course:

Honorable Mention - Aug. 20 - Cesar Izturis' solo home run (the only one he hit in the season) seals a 5-4 win over Macon; Aug. 3 - Jesse Zepeda is selected to play for the Toronto Blue Jays in the Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, N.Y.; Aug. 15 - Zepeda's grand slam before 3,236 fans to seal an 8-4 win and a doubleheader sweep of Charleston; June 2 - A game in Charleston is postponed by a tornado warning. The team bus drives through Frostburg, Md., after a funnel cloud hits.

10. Aug. 16 - Suns complete second triple play in team history when a second-inning grounder is turned into a around-the-horn relay, Jesse Zepeda to Mike Young to Greg Morrison to end a Charleston Alley Cat rally in a 7-1 victory.


9. Sweeping all 13 games played at Municipal Stadium from from Charleston, W.Va., including five doubleheaders.

8. April 21 - The Suns front office announces they have been accused of violating a Waynesboro, Pa., man's civil rights with their church bulletin discount promotion. The case is still ongoing.

7. June 22 - Chris Hayes return to the Suns lineup, eight weeks after nearly dying from a ruptured spleen he sustained on April 10 during the home opener.

6. Aug. 21 - Sneed and Clayton Andrews were selected as the two starting pitchers for the South Atlantic League's postseason All-Star team.

5. Sept. 5 - The Suns scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning - including the go-ahead run on Greg Morrison's two-out, two-run opposite field double - to come from behind for a 11-9 win over Capital City and stay alive in the league semifinal playoff series.

4. Aug. 20 - Pitcher John Sneed reaches 200 strikeouts and wins to tie a franchise record with his 15th victory in a 5-4 win over Macon.

3. Aug. 31 - The Suns make their first appearance in the playoffs in three years and open with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Delmarva. Tony Peters' slide into second base breaks up a double play and allows winning run to score.

2. May 13 - The Suns lodge protest in 5-4 loss to Cape Fear. Protest is upheld and game resumes on May 22. Hagerstown wins game 4-3, which becomes margin of difference for first-half championship.

1. June 14 - The Suns win first-half championship by sweeping doubleheader from Asheville on final day while Cape Fear loses twinbill to Charleston, W.Va. Hagerstown wins 17 of its last 19 games to storm to the title and earn a playoff berth.

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