Intimidators force Suns to blink first

August 20, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Kannapolis got some VIP treatment at Municipal Stadium on Monday.

The Intimidators had a lot given to them, and anything that wasn’t, they took.

The Hagerstown Suns committed five errors and Kannapolis stole six bases, which were the major components in the Intimidators’ 11-4 victory.

Kannapolis got most of their complimentary gifts as they scored five runs in the first inning, using three Suns’ errors and four stolen bases to construct the inning.

It made for a short outing for Hagerstown starter Dixon Anderson, who lasted only two-thirds of an inning in his debut with the Suns.

The loss ended Hagerstown’s (74-51, 32-24) four-game winning streak and allowed Hickory and West Virginia to cut the Suns’ lead to a half-game in the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half standings.

The Intimidators batted around in the first inning as Cortney Hawkins and Bill Curley drove in runs to start the rally in the loosely played top of the first inning.

The Suns scored a run in the first on Brett Newsome’s sacrifice fly and added three in the fourth, highlighted by Caleb Ramsey’s two-run double, to cut the deficit to 5-4.

Kannapolis didn’t back down, but the Intimidators scored three runs in the fifth and eighth innings to put the game out of reach.

Hawkins led the Intimidators with four hits, including three doubles, and an RBI. Leightton Pangilinan added three hits and an RBI.

The Suns defense allowed six unearned runs.

Billy Burns led the Suns with three hits.

Anderson (0-1) allowed five runs (two earned) on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Kannapolis’ Max Peterson (1-1) got the win with four innings of relief, replacing starter Garrett Casey.

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