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Suns can't get hot enough in opener

April 05, 2002

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.

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Hagerstown used four Hickory errors to score five unearned runs - two in the third and three in the eighth.

Hickory jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second off Suns starter Brian Burres (0-1), started by a double by Walter Young. The Crawdads used two wild pitches, a RBI single by Vic Buttler and a rundown play to build the lead.

After Jose Bautista lifted a sacrifice fly in the third, Meyer and Mark Walker each hit solo home runs to bring the Suns within 5-4 after 5 1/2 innings.

Hickory blew the game open with a six-run sixth inning.

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Hagerstown Suns

Anthony Pannone

at Hickory Crawdads

Pat O'Brien

Time: 7

Radio: WHAG 1410

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