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Suns battle back for split with 'Dads

July 15, 2008

Michael Burgess can hit short balls, too.

Burgess stroked a bases-loaded single to right with none out in the ninth to help the Hagerstown Suns pull out a wild 6-5 win over Hickory on Monday in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Municipal Stadium.

The Crawdads won 8-1 in the opener in the completion of a game that was suspended by rain on Sunday.

Jose Lozada led off the ninth with a single off Hickory reliever Charles Benoit. Tim Pahuta followed with a single and Stephen King loaded the bases when Benoit threw away a sacrifice bunt attempt to set the table for Burgess.

The teams traded runs in the seventh and eighth innings as Hickory came back from a 3-2 deficit to force Burgess' final-inning heroics.

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Pahuta gave the Suns a 1-1 tie in the first with his 11th homer of the season for his first of four hits in the game. Burgess and Lozada had three hits each.

In the opener, Hickory picked up its 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of the suspended game and pulled away with a total of seven runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings off Terrence Engles and Chris Lugo.

Hagerstown got its only run in the eighth when Travis Reagan singled and eventually scored on Jake Rogers' double.

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