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Tourists rock Suns early

July 18, 2009

Hagerstown and Asheville combined for 13 runs early before the pitching took over to lead the Tourists to a 9-5 win on Saturday.

Asheville cleanup hitter Kiel Roling jumped on Hagerstown starting pitcher Paul Demny (2-8) for home runs in both the first and second innings, accounting for five runs as the Tourists surged to a quick 9-3 lead.

The Hagerstown offense tried to be as potent, scoring three runs in the first after Asheville took a 4-0 lead, and then added another run in the second.

Steven Souza had a two-run double in the first and Robby Jacobsen dropped a bloop single into shallow right field to score Souza.

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With the Tourists ahead, 9-4, both offenses went cold, and a string of 6 1/2 scoreless innings ensued. Relief pitcher Ricardo Pecina submitted four and a third shutout innings for the Suns, and Austin Garrett was perfect in the seventh and eighth. Drew Storen struck out the side in the ninth, raising his season strikeout total to 26 in just 14 2/3 innings.

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Hagerstown finally put another tally on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth when Souza and first baseman Tyler Moore put together back-to-back doubles, but there would be no miracle comeback for the sellout crowd of 5,460 in attendance at Municipal Stadium. It was the fifth sellout of the season for the Suns, and their largest crowd since June 17, 2006.

Fermaint, Lombardozzi, Souza and Moore each collected two hits at the top of the Hagerstown batting order, with Souza scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs. Right fielder Michael Guerrero gave the Suns five players with two-hit games, as Hagerstown out-hit Asheville, 12-10.

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