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Suns score late to topple Birds

April 12, 2002|BY AL DITZEL

alfredd@herald-mail.com

Manager Mike Ramsey said it's too early to start talking about trends, but he said that if his Hagerstown Suns stick around, they will find a way to win the game.

For the third straight game, Hagerstown scored in its final at bat to go 4-0 in its first homestand of the season by defeating the Delmarva Shorebirds 3-1 on Thursday night.

"You don't like falling behind every game," Ramsey said. "We're not hitting right now but we're coming up with clutch hits."

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Falling behind 1-0, Hagerstown (5-3) scored one run in the seventh and two in the eighth for the victory. Derin McMains led off the eighth with a walk. Robbie Meyer advanced McMains with a sacrifice bunt, before Tyler Von Schell ripped a run-scoring double into right center field to give the Suns a 2-1 lead.

"I was just hoping not to go extra innings," Von Schell, a first baseman, said, referring to Wednesday's doubleheader in which both games went extra innings. "It was a fastball, a little outside."

Julio Cordido followed with another RBI double and the Suns had their cushion.

Josh Cram (1-0) pitched three relief innings to pick up the win, with Ryan Meaux tossing a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.

The game was the first of a seven-game set against Delmarva. Hagerstown hosts the first four games before traveling to Salisbury, Md. for three games.

"Every win is important," Von Schell said. "It's one of many."

"It's not a sprint but a marathon," Ramsey said. "We're playing good defense and we're getting good pitching - starters and now in the pen. I'm satisfied."

Ramsey, who played for manager Whitey Herzog for the 1982 World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals, played in the middle infield.

"I'd like to help out with everyone - pitching and catching," Ramsey said. "But, because I played middle infield, I think I can help infield (defense)."

Twenty two of the 27 outs Hagerstown recorded were on the infield Thursday.

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