Five-run 6th lifts Hickory past Suns

May 23, 2009

Hickory needed just one hit to score five runs in the sixth inning to pace the Crawdads to a 9-5 win over the Hagerstown Suns before a crowd of 3,804 at Municipal Stadium on Saturday.

Austin Garrett replaced Suns starter Terrence Engles to begin the top of the sixth with Hagerstown down 3-2. He walked the first two Hickory batters, then made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt which scored the first run of the inning. After a walk and a hit batsman plated another Crawdads run, Garrett was removed for Patrick McCoy.

McCoy induced a pop fly for the first out, but hit Cristian Santana with the bases loaded to score a run and then gave up a two-run double to Michael Bianucci.

The Suns answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth on Derek Norris' 10th home run of the season. They scored two more in the seventh to pull within 8-5. Hickory (21-21) padded its lead with an insurance run in the ninth.


The loss snaps the Suns' (20-19) two-game winning streak and drops them back down to fourth in the South Atlantic League Northern Division standings.

Engles (4-2) lasted five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.

He walked one and struck out four. McCoy allowed a run on three hits, walked one and struck out six in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

The teams traded runs in each inning. Jose Lozada led off the game with a triple off Hickory starter Fabio Castillo and later scored on a fielding error. After Hickory tied the game at 1 in the second, the Suns came back with a run on a Norris sacrifice fly.

The Crawdads pulled ahead for good with two runs in the fourth off Engles.

Lozada and Curran had two hits each for the Suns.

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