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Cape Fear holds off Suns, 11-6

September 02, 2000

Cape Fear holds off Suns, 11-6



Hopes of finishing the season with the flair went away as the Hagerstown Suns gave up five runs in the first inning and fell to the visiting Cape Fear Crocs Saturday at Municipal Stadium in a South Atlantic League game.

Hagerstown (62-73 and 28-37 in the second half) had defeated Cape Fear Friday and hoped to close the season with a sweep. Instead, the Suns will hope to win the final series of the year with the final two games today and Monday.

Cape Fear (63-73, 25-40) opened up a 9-0 lead before Hagerstown picked up its first hit of the game against Crocs' starter Cliff Lee in the fifth inning. Lee had faced only one batter of the minimum through four innings, but walked Juan Santos and Dwayne Pugh with two outs bringing up the No. 9 hitter Chivas Clark.

Clark, who has hits in eight of his last 11 games, doubled into left centerfield scoring Santos and Pugh. Clark took third on the throw home and Cape Fear's catcher, trying to get Clark at third, threw the ball into left field scoring Clark.

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Shannon Carter added an RBI single in the fifth. Hagerstown shortstop Kurt Keene hit a home run leading off the sixth inning and the Suns scored another run on a double play.

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