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Suns finish rally for first win

April 08, 2002

HICKORY, N.C. - Tyler Von Schell unloaded a two-run home run to center field in the 11th inning Friday to lead the Hagerstown Suns to come-from-behind 7-5 victory over Hickory.

Hagerstown evened its record to 1-1 by erasing a 5-0 deficit with three unearned runs in the eighth and two tying runs in the ninth.

Von Schell was in the middle of all three rallies.

Hagerstown's comeback began with two outs in the eighth when shortstop Brandon Chaves dropped Von Schell's infield popup. It plated the Suns first run and allowed Julian Benavidez to follow with a two-run double.

Hagerstown loaded the bases against a wild Casey Shumaker, with none out. Bryan Walker knocked in the first run with an infield single before Von Schell was hit by a pitch to tie the game.

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Suns reliever Benji Miller (1-0) slammed the door on Hickory with three innings of two-hit pitching with four strikeouts. The Crawdads (1-1) built a 5-0 lead, scoring single runs in the first three innings against starter Anthony Panonne before picking up two runs in the fifth off Anthony Yacco.

Derin McMains led off the ninth with a walk off Alexander Lissir (0-1). Von Schell followed with the game-winning home run.

Alberto Montes retired Hickory in order in the 11th for his first save.

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