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Suns 'O' gets help

April 20, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Hagerstown Suns bats came alive with 14 hits, but they still needed help to make them useful.

The Suns, who entered the game hitting .203, rallied for six runs in the fifth with the help of an error by Charleston shortstop Raoul Tablado Saturday to produce a 7-2 victory over the Alley Cats.

Hagerstown (6-8) broke a three-game losing streak with the help of the six unearned runs.

After Charleston (6-7) took a 1-0 lead on John Schneider's RBI single in the second, the Suns finally broke loose.

With two outs and Jake Wald on first after a single, Aaron Hornostaj grounded to short for the Tablado boot. Jason Columbus and Kevin Alexander followed with RBI singles before Jason Ishikawa doubled to the left field wall for a 4-1 lead.

Carlos Sosa added an RBI double and Karl Jernigan finished the rally with a run-scoring single to center.

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Despite the offensive success, the Suns had seven leadoff hitters reach base, but none scored.

The Alley Cats got a run back in the eighth when Tablado hit a bases-loaded grounder to short. Wald stepped on second and threw to Ishikawa at first, but the first baseman dropped the ball to allow the run.

Brian Munhall drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth for the Suns final run.

Glenn Woolard (1-1) allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out five to get the victory.

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