Suns rally past Power in 10 to stay alive for another day

June 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Hagerstown Suns still have something to fight for.

And, on Friday, they proved they still have a little fight left in them.

The Suns scored three runs in the 10th inning to complete a 5-2 comeback victory over West Virginia to stay alive in the South Atlantic League Northern Division first-half title chase.

Caleb Ramsey drove in the go-ahead and winning run with one out in the 10th against reliever Zach Fuesser to be Hagerstown’s hero for the second straight night. Ramsey had a bases-clearing triple on Thursday to lead the Suns to an 8-6 victory.

The win moves the Suns (42-25) to within 1 1/2 games of division-leading Greensboro with two games remaining. The Grasshoppers dropped a 5-2 decision to Charleston.

Jason Martinson led off the 10th with a single and stole second before Steven Souza Jr. was intentionally walked with one out. Ramsey put the Suns on top with his single to center.

Brett Newsome and Cole Leonida followed with RBI singles to give the Suns the three-run bulge.

The bottom half of the lineup did all the damage for the Suns. Besides Ramsey, the No. 6 hitter, Newsome and Leonida drove in Hagerstown’s other four runs out of the bottom two slots in the order.

West Virginia took a 2-0 lead in the third against Hagerstown starter Bobby Hansen Jr. on Allen Hanson’s RBI groundout and a wild pitch.

Hagerstown tied the game in the seventh as Justin Miller, Newsome and Leonida hit consecutive doubles off Power reliever Rinku Singh to produce two runs.

 Chris McKenzie (2-2) pitched two innings of hitless relief for the win, while Wilson Eusebio set the Power down in order with two strikeouts in the 10th for his second save.

Newsome finished with three of the Suns’ 13 hits.

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