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Suns' bats bash 'Birds

April 17, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. -- One night after pounding Delmarva pitching for 15 runs and 19 hits, the Hagerstown Suns were at it again Saturday, bashing 15 hits in a 13-4 victory over the Shorebirds in the South Atlantic League.

The Suns (5-5) took a 2-0 lead on Marcus Jones' two-run home run with two outs.

Hagerstown added three more runs in the third. Francisco Soriano singled and went to second on a throwing error. Steven Souza walked and Justin Bloxom singled to score Soriano. After Souza and Bloxom pulled off a double steal, Destin Hood singled them both in.

Delmarva cut the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the third. Garabez Rosa and T.J. Baxter singled and advanced on Tyler Kelly's sacrifice bunt. Levi Carolus' sacrifice fly scored Rosa, and Tyler Kolodny tripled in Baxter.

The Suns were right back at it in the fourth, scoring four runs for a 9-2 lead. Jeff Kobernus singled, Soriano was hit by a pitch and a fielding error allowed Souza to reach base as Kobernus scored. Bloxom's sac fly scored Soriano, and Souza stole second and third and scored on a passed ball. Hood tripled and scored on J.P. Ramirez's single.

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Hagerstown made it 10-2 in the sixth, as Bloxom doubled and scored on Hood's single.

Delmarva cut the lead to 10-4 in the bottom of the sixth on Kolodny's leadoff home run, Brian Conley's triple and Michael Planeta's RBI groundout.

The Suns made it 12-4 in the seventh. Jones and Sean Nicol each singled and Jones scored on an error. Nicol scored later in the inning on a passed ball.

Hagerstown scored its final run in the ninth. Jones walked, Nicol doubled and Jones scored when Soriano grounded into a double play.

Paul Demny earned the victory for Hagerstown, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five.

Hood and Bloxom each finished with three hits, with Hood driving in three runs and Bloxom two for the Suns. Ramirez, Jones and Nicol each added two hits.

Hagerstown's offensive fireworks the last two days have raised season averages. Kobernus is hitting .389, Hood is at .381, Adrian Nieto is at .357, Bloxom is hitting .324, Ramirez is at .314 and Soriano is at .310.

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