Crawdads have all the numbers to topple Suns

July 12, 2008

Seven innings and four runs were all the Hickory Crawdads needed to stop the Hagerstown Suns on Friday.

Hickory got a career best seven innings from starter Duke Welker and scored four times in the sixth to take a 4-2 victory.

Suns starter Colton Willems (5-5) was touched for the four runs - two earned - in his six innings, to be tagged with the loss.

Welker (2-6) allowed one run and struck out seven in his longest stint as a professional.

Hickory (9-13) took a 4-0 lead in the sixth as Albert Laboy led off with a single. Matt Hague followed with a one-out single before Tom Hagan's RBI single.


Designated hitter Erik Huber hit a line drive to Hagerstown center fielder Mark Gildea, who misplayed the hop to allow two runs to score. Andrew Walker capped the inning with a sacrifice fly.

The Suns got the run back in the seventh on singles by Tim Pahuta, Stephen King and Sean Rooney.

Hagerstown's rally in the ninth inning came up short with one run in the ninth.

King singled with one out and moved to third on a Burgess double to left field. Rooney picked up his second RBI of the game on a groundout.

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