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Webster defines Suns' loss

July 07, 2003

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - When it came to defining a victory, the Kannapolis Intimidators turned to Webster.

Anthony Webster drove in two runs - one to tie the game and the other to win it - on Sunday as Kannapolis outdueled the Hagerstown Suns, 3-2.

Webster homered in the sixth inning to tie the game at 1-1 and then hit a sacrifice fly in the Intimidators' two-run seventh for a 3-1 lead.

Hagerstown starter Merkin Valdez (5-4) held Kannapolis scoreless until the sixth, but ended up taking the loss. Valdez lasted seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk while failing to get a strikeout.

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Hagerstown (43-40, 8-8) had many chances to score late in the game, but couldn't find the big hit.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the sixth as Jake Wald singled to plate Randy Walter.

After Webster tied the game in the sixth, Kannapolis notched four consecutive singles in the seventh for a 2-1 lead, before Webster lofted the fly ball to score the third run.

Fred Lewis hit a one-out single in the eighth and scored when Kannapolis committed two errors on a bunt by Wald.

Hagerstown managed to load the bases after Carlos Sosa singled and Julian Benavidez walked, but failed to get the tying run when Kevin Kelly grounded into a double play.

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