ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville’s Corey Dickerson stole the show on Saturday in a night of records, home runs and ejections as the Tourists planted a 21-11 rout on the Hagerstown Suns.
Dickerson hit three home runs and drove in six as the Tourists and the Suns set or tied five South Atlantic League records. The two teams set the SAL marks by combining for 21 extra base hits and 55 total bases.
The Tourist tied records with eight home runs in a single game and 10 in two games along with 16 extra base hits. Brett Tanos added two homers and three RBIs for Asheville.
Four Suns were ejected in the game as catcher Adrian Nieto and manager Brian Daubach were tossed for arguing balls and strikes in the first. Hitting coach Marlon Anderson left in the third for arguing a call at third base and starting pitcher Robbie Ray was ejected in the fourth for arguing a call at home.
The Suns (71-60, 31-30) took a 2-1 lead in the second on Brett Newsome’s two-run homer and were up 4-1 after 2 1/2 innings before the walls caved.
Ray and relievers Wilson Eusebio and Shane McCatty allowed seven runs each. Eusebio, who came on after Ray’s ejection, allowed five homers while McCatty served up a pair.