Reyes' hit lifts Piedmont past Suns

July 19, 1999

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Ambiorix Reyes picked the right time to get his first hit of the series Monday, ripping a two-run single in the eighth inning to lead the Piedmont Boll Weevils to a 5-3 over the Hagerstown Suns.

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Hagerstown reliever Brian Bowles issued an intentional walk to face, loading the bases with one out to face Reyes, who was 0-for-10 in the series.

Reyes made the Suns pay, lining a 2-1 pitch into center field to break a 3-3 tie and knock in the winning runs.

Piedmont led 1-0 and 3-1 but allowed Hagerstown to battle back for ties each time. The loss ended the Suns' two-game winning streak.


The Boll Weevils took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first off Suns starter Scott Cassidy. Jason Johnson, who went 3-for-5 and has six hits in the series, led off with a single and eventually scored when Carlos Acevedo bounced a grounder off Orlando Hudson's chest for an error.

The Suns (61-34, 13-11) tied the game in the fifth when designated hitter Jeff Maloney hit a two-out triple to right center field and scored on Derrick Turnbow's wild pitch.

Piedmont countered with two more runs off Cassidy, depending on the top of the order to get the job done.

Johnson doubled to left and scored on Acevedo's single. Two outs and a stolen base later, Carlos Duncan provided an RBI double for a 3-1 lead.

The Suns came back again in the sixth on Ryan Fleming's two-out home run - his third of the series - and back-to-back doubles by Hudson and Tyler Thompson.

Reyes' hit made a loser of Suns reliever Mike Stafford (1-2).

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