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Suns clock for OT, win opener in 14 innings

April 04, 2008

SALISBURY, Md. - Nothing came easy for the Hagerstown Suns in their South Atlantic League season opener.

The Suns were forced to play deep into a cold night on Thursday as they defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 5-4 with a run in the 14th inning.

Jhonatan Solano reached on fielding error by Delmarva center fielder David Cash allowing Stephen King to score the winning run.

Kai Tuomi got the win with two innings of two-hit relief while striking out three, including two in the 14th.

Both teams scored runs in the 12th to prolong the game.

Hagerstown starting pitcher Jeff Mandel went five innings, allowing three runs - two earned - on six hits. He struck out eight without allowing a walk.

The Suns took a 2-1 lead in the third on an RBI grounder by Solano and a run-scoring single by shortstop Daniel Lyons off Delmarva starter John Mariotti.

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First baseman Bill Reinhart homered in the sixth for Hagerstown's third run.

The Suns took a 4-3 lead in the 12th on a double by Stephen King, who eventually scored on a single by Tim Pahuta.

Delmarva tied the score in the bottom of the inning when Hagerstown reliever Edulin Abreu uncorked a wild pitch.

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