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Ramsey's hit keeps Suns alive in last gasp for North title

June 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Hagerstown Suns are still alive.

Barely.

Caleb Ramsey had four hits — including a base-clearing triple in a three-run seventh inning — to lead the Suns to a 8-6 victory over West Virginia on Thursday to keep their slim first-half title hopes alive.

The magic number is down to one as any combination of Hagerstown losses and Greensboro wins will eliminate the Suns from the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division title chase.

Greensboro outlasted Charleston to cut the margin in half. The Suns remained 2 1/2 games back with three to play.

The Suns (41-25) trailed 6-5 heading into the seventh but engineered the rally to grab the win and keep their hopes alive.

Cutter Dykstra drew a leadoff walk against West Virginia reliever Mike Jefferson (2-5). Matt Skole and Steven Souza Jr. drew one-out passes to load the bases for Ramsey.

Ramsey stroked the shot down the right-field line for the triple that gave the Suns the lead.

Reliever Greg Holt came on with two outs in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs and ended the Power’s threat by striking out Jose Osuna.

Aaron Barrett came on in the ninth to retire West Virginia in order to record his eighth save.

The Power took a 2-0 lead in the first against Hagerstown starter Taylor Hill on solo home runs by Allen Hanson and Greg Polanco.

The Suns tied the game in the second against West Virginia starter Robby Rowland on a two-run single by Cole Leonida.

Hagerstown scored three runs in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead on a Billy Burns single, and error and Brian Goodwin’s RBI single.

The Power took a 6-5 lead with a four-run fourth, highlighted by Taylor Lewis’ two-run homer.

Ben Hawkins (2-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with three walks and two strikeouts to earn the win.

Ramsey added two singles and a double in his four-hit night.

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