HICKORY, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns did about everything it could offensively to make the 2002 season opener a success.
Everything that is, but win.
The Suns dug themselves out of two deep holes to get into contention, but fell short in a 11-10 loss to the Hickory Crawdads despite a pair of three-run rallies in the eighth and ninth innings.
Hagerstown (0-1) fell behind 5-2 and 11-4 and came back within one run, but never led.
The Suns trailed 11-7 heading into the top of the ninth against reliever Alexander Ossir. Derin McMains opened the inning with a double, Robbie Meyer walked and Tyler Van Schell singled to load the bases. Hagerstown narrowed the margin on a Julian Benavidez RBI single, a passed ball and a wild pitch to climb within a run.
Casey Shumaker came on with none out and Benavidez on third and got the next three Suns batters to end the game.