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Higley's hit puts an end to Suns' slide

July 21, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — J.R. Higley ripped a one-out single to drive in Justin Miller in the 10th inning to lead the Hagerstown Suns to a 5-4 victory over Augusta.

The walk-off hit ended the Suns’ six-game losing streak and kept them a half-game off the lead in South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half standings.

The Suns (58-40, 16-13) got the early lead and then had to battle back to win.

Miller reached on shortstop Kelby Tomlinson’s fielding error to lead off the 10th against Augusta reliever Kevin Couture (2-5). After Adrian Nieto advanced Miller with a sacrifice bunt, Brett Newsome was intentionally walked to keep a double play intact.

Higley followed with his single to right to end the game.

Hagerstown took a 3-0 lead off GreenJackets starter Adalberto Mejia.

The Suns got a run in the first on singles by Billy Burns and Bryce Ortega, both enhanced by throwing errors.

Hagerstown added two runs in the third as Burns and Ortega led off the inning with singles to set up a sacrifice fly Cutter Dykstra and an RBI double by Miller for the three-run edge.

Augusta tied the game with a three-run sixth against starter Brian Rauh, who made his debut with the Suns.

Myles Schroder led off with a home run and Jose Flores hit a sacrifice fly and Ben Thomas added a run-scoring single to tie the game.

Augusta took a 4-3 lead in the seventh on a wild pitch. The Suns tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an Ortega single.

Rauh pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Richie Mirowski (3-0) got the win with three innings of hitless relief.

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