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Suns fall to Legends

April 14, 2003|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

The Lexington Legends proved Sunday at Municipal Stadium that the numbers don't always tell the story.

The Legends, who entered their matchup with Hagerstown next to last in the South Atlantic League in hitting, collected 14 hits and again took advantage of their opportunities to beat the Suns, 9-1.

Lexington came into the game with a team batting average of .199, but the Legends knocked around the Suns staff in the final game of the series.

Most of the damage done by the Legends (4-7) came against the Hagerstown bullpen. Jason Waddell, who entered in the top of the fifth with the Suns trailing 1-0, walked two of the first three batters he faced before giving up a single to John Fagan that scored Robinson Cespedes.

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Steve Checksfield also scored on the play when the ball rolled under the glove of left fielder Carlos Sosa. Fagan scored one out later on Mark Obradovich's double, which gave the Legends a 4-0 lead.

The Suns (4-5) got their only run in the bottom of the inning. Jason Columbus doubled off the right-field fence and took third on a flyout to deep center by Sosa.

Brian Munhall hit a two-out single to score Columbus, then went to third on a Derin McMains single. McMains stole second while Kevin Alexander hung tough in his at-bat against Lexington starter Derick Grigsby (1-0).

Alexander showed patience and heart, fouling off three pitches before going down swinging to end the inning.

The Suns had just four baserunners the rest of the game as Mark Hamilton and Billy Westhoff shut the door in relief.

Lexington scored five in the eighth off Josh Cram, helped by two Suns errors and a two-run bomb to center field by Checksfield.

Hagerstown starter Glenn Woolard (0-1) took the loss despite giving up only one run.

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