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Suns blow chance in ninth, Crawdads win in 10

April 12, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Suns loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and failed to score, before the Hickory Crawdads broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the 10th for a stunning 5-2 victory Sunday at Municipal Stadium.

Suns reliever Shane Erb (0-1) entered in the 10th and allowed the three runs on four hits and two walks.

Zach Zaneski singled to lead off the inning and Joseph Bonadonna sacrificed Zaneski to second. A passed ball moved Zaneski to third and Cody Podraza walked before Leury Garcia blasted a two-run triple to center. Matthew West followed with an RBI double to center.

Hagerstown (1-3) lost three of four games to Hickory (3-1) in the season-opening series.

With the game tied at 2, the Suns put themselves in position to win against Crawdads reliever Kyle O'Campo in the ninth. Justin Bloxom reached on a bunt single, Dustin Hood doubled and J.P. Ramirez was intentionally walked. But Marcus Jones and pinch-hitter Brett Newsome struck out, and Eury Perez flied out to left to end the threat and force extra innings.

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Hickory took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against Hagerstown starter Jack McGeary. Podraza led off with a double to left, and advanced to third and home on a pair of groundouts.

The Suns answered with their only two runs of the game in the bottom half against Crawdads starter Matt Thompson. With one out, Francisco Soriano singled to left, Steven Souza singled to right and a throwing error let Soriano score and Souza race all the way to third. Souza scored on Bloxom's groundout.

Hickory tied the game in the fifth. Zaneski led off with a double to left, Bonadonna singled and Garcia hit a one-out sacrifice fly to plate Zaneski.

McGeary allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five in five innings for Hagerstown. Thompson allowed seven hits and struck out seven in five innings for Hickory.

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