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Skole's homer gets Suns out of a pinch with Shorebirds

June 27, 2012

SALISBURY, Md. — More times than not, when the Hagerstown Suns are in a pinch, they turn to Skole.

On Wednesday morning, the Suns definitely needed a pick-me-up.

Skole connected for a three-run home run with two outs to start Hagerstown on a five-run seventh inning en route to an 8-4 victory over Delmarva in a morning matinee.

The Suns trailed 3-2 until Skole’s blast against Delmarva relief pitcher Jesse Beal. He now leads the South Atlantic League with 18 homers and 68 RBIs.

It led the Suns (47-29, 5-2) to their third straight win, all coming against Delmarva, and made a winner of starter Taylor Hill (8-4).

Bryce Ortega singled and Brian Goodwin walked to open the seventh. Billy Burns laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner before Cutter Dykstra flew out for the second out.

Skole launched his three-run shot over the fence in right-center field to give the Suns a 5-3 lead. Caleb Ramsey followed with a single and scored on Justin Miller’s RBI double.

Miller advanced on wild pitch and scored when Delmarva first baseman Wynston Sawyer dropped Brett Newsome’s popup.

Delmarva took an early 3-0 lead by scoring two runs in the third and one in the fourth against Hill.

Sammie Starr led off the third with a home run and Jason Esposito added a two-out RBI single to give Delmarva a 2-0 lead. The Shorebirds made it 3-0 in the fourth on a Mychal Givens single.

The Suns got on the board in the fifth against Delmarva starter Zach Davies on singles by Ortega and Goodwin before Burns lofted a sacrifice fly. Dykstra scored Goodwin on a single to center to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Delmarva got a run back in the bottom of the seventh on catcher Jeremy Mayo’s passed ball to score Givens.

The Suns got their final run in the ninth on a Steven Souza Jr.’s pinch-hit RBI double.

Hill pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three.

Greg Holt and Colin Bates closed out the win for Hagerstown.

Beal (1-2) took the loss, allowing five runs on four hits in two innings.

Miller and Ortega had two hits each for the Suns.

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