KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The Kannapolis Intimidators scored 12 unanswered runs to wipe away an early deficit and beat the Hagerstown Suns 12-5 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 South Atlantic League Championship Series.
Down 2-1, Kannapolis rallied for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Bernard Gonzalez drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk from Suns starter Michael Devaney to tie the game, Adam Ricks hit a two-run single to put the Intimidators ahead for good with a 4-2 lead. Orlando Rengel relieved Devaney and immediately hit Ryan McCarthy with a pitch to load the bases. Boomer Berry's sacrifice fly made it 5-2 and Christopher Getz's two-run single made it 7-2.
Kannapolis extended its lead to 10-2 in the fifth. Rengel gave up a bases-loaded walk to David Cook, and Ricks hit a two-run single off Brandon Nall.
The Intimidators added single runs in the seventh and eighth to make it 12-2.