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Suns unleash their power, club Legends

April 10, 2004

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Hagerstown Suns manager Mike Ramsey said he was going to play for big innings this season.The Suns gave him a number to choose from on Friday.

Hagerstown broke a 3-3 tie by scoring 10 runs in the final three innings to coast to a 13-3 victory over Lexington on Friday, using its newly found power.

The Suns (2-0) used two home runs, a bases-loaded triple and a two-run double to sting the Legends.

Dayton Buller, who scored in each of the final three rallies, broke the tie and started the Suns' onslaught with a leadoff home run off Joey DeLeon.

It was the Suns' fourth home run in two games. Hagerstown didn't hit its fourth homer until April 22 last year in its 17th game.

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The Suns added two more runs in the inning. Jesse Schmidt hit an infield single up the middle to score Jon Coutlangus, followed to the plate by Jon Armitage, who scored from second when second baseman Edwin Maysonet threw wildly to first.

Hagerstown blew the game open with a five-run eighth. After singles by Travis Ishikawa and Buller set up Coutlangus' sacrifice fly, the Suns drew three straight walks, the last to Armitage for an RBI, before Schmidt unloaded a three-run triple.

Tim Hutting capped Hagerstown's scoring with a two-run double in the ninth.

Reliever Joe Bateman gave up one run on one hit over three innings to earn the win. He followed starter Jesse English, who pitched the first three innings.

Nate Schierholtz drove in three runs for the Suns with a sacrifice fly in the first and a two-run homer in the third. Lexington scored single runs in the first, third and fourth to tie the game.

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