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Suns ends season quietly

Hagerstown closes the season with two losses to Hickory to end a season of unrealized promise.

Hagerstown closes the season with two losses to Hickory to end a season of unrealized promise.

September 03, 2002

HICKORY, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns ended the 2002 season like they were following a local weather forecast.

They hoped for a bright horizon but were forced to settle for overcast skies.

Hagerstown finished the season on a three-game losing streak, dropping a 7-3 decision to Hickory on Monday in the regular-season finale. The Suns didn't show much better on Sunday, falling 7-1 to the South Atlantic League's first-half Northern Division champions.

Hagerstown finished the year with a 63-77 record, including a 29-41 mark in a second half that was started with a 5-20 opening run. Hickory advances to SAL playoffs, starting today in Delmarva with a best-of-3 semifinal series.

The Suns broke on top early Sunday, scoring in the second inning against Hickory starter Jon Searles and were tied 2-2 in the fifth before the Crawdads came up with three runs to blow the game open.

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Chris Shelton ripped a two-run triple in the fifth off Suns starter Todd Uzzell (3-7) to help the Crawdads take the lead. Jose Hernandez capped the scoring with a two-run triple in the seventh.

The Suns scored their runs on RBI hits by Miguel Miranda and Julian Benavidez and a sacrifice fly by Justin Knoedler.

On Sunday, Hickory starter Pat O'Brien allowed one run through seven innings to short circuit the Suns.

Hickory got to Suns starter Anthony Pannone (9-10) for a run in each of the first two innings on run-scoring single by South Atlantic League MVP Walter Young and Josh Hudnall and Hagerstown never recovered.

Pannone allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings for the loss.

The Suns got their only run in the seventh inning on a Benavidez home run.

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