LEXINGTON, Ky. — Zachary Johnson’s sacrifice fly scored Delino DeShields Jr. with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Lexington Legends over the Hagerstown Suns 4-3 on Friday night.
Facing Suns reliever Aaron Barrett (2-1), DeShields singled to center with one out. He advanced to second when a pitch got past catcher Adrian Nieto for a passed ball, before Jordan Scott walked. DeShields stole third to set up Johnson’s sac fly to center.
Legends starter Nicholas Tropeano no-hit the Suns through five innings, striking out four. Brett Newsome broke the no-hitter up with a leadoff single in the sixth before Tropeano retired the next three hitters.
Hagerstown starter Alex Meyer kept Lexington (17-17) off the board through five innings, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out five. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth with a comebacker he turned into a 1-2-3 double play.
But the Legends broke through for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth on three hits and a walk against Meyer. Brandon Meredith hit an RBI single and Roberto Pena hit a two-out, two-run double.
However, the Suns (17-15) finally solved Tropeano in the seventh with a pair of long balls. Jason Martinson homered leading off, and after Matthew Skole walked, J.P. Ramirez hit a two-run shot to tie the game.
Carlos Quevedo (1-1) got the win for Lexington, allowing one hit and striking out one in 2 1/3 innings of relief.