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Alley Cats top Suns in 13

April 20, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It seems likes it's only a matter of time before time runs out on the Hagerstown Suns.

Charleston won the waiting game, first forcing extra innings with a run in the ninth and then winning the game in the 13th Friday for a 3-2 victory.

The Suns lost their third straight game, this time managing just three hits. It was the 12th time in 14 games Hagerstown scored two or fewer runs.

Charleston (6-6) won the game in the 13th, as Scott Dragicevich singled off Josh Habel (0-1) and took second when Zeph Zinsman was hit by a pitch.

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With two outs, David Corrente singled to center where Karl Jernigan came up throwing to the plate.

Dragicevich just beat the tag of Steve Holm to win the game.

The Suns (5-8) took a 2-1 lead in the eighth as Derin McMains singled and worked around the bases before scoring when Kevin Alexander reached on an error. Alexander scored on a passed ball.

The game started as a battle of starting pitchers. Vince Perkins went the first six innings for Charleston, and did not allow a run to extend his scoreless innings streak to 17 1/3 to start the year. Perkins gave up just one hit, walked three, and struck out seven. Clay Hensley allowed one run in five and two-thirds innings for Hagerstown, and struck out six.

The Cats broke the scoreless deadlock in the sixth inning with an RBI single by Maikel Jova to score Jason Waugh. Hagerstown scored two runs in the eighth without a base hit capitalizing on four walks, two wild pitches, a passed ball, and an error.

Charleston tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Raul Tablado reached on a dropped third strike to open the ninth. Dragicevich sacrificed him to second and Wille Rivera doubled down the leftfield line to plate Tablado and tie the game at 2-2.

Felix Romero (1-1) picked up the win for Charleston after working a perfect top of the thirteenth. Josh Habel (0-1) took the loss for the Suns. The first extra inning game of the year for Charleston took exactly four hours to play.

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