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Suns regain their power to halt West Virginia

June 07, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Hagerstown Suns began entering their selfish stage on Friday.

They began to worry only about themselves.

It’s the point of the first half when Hagerstown needed to do that ... and it worked.

Brandon Miller hit his 12th home run and the Suns took care of business by knocking West Virginia 9-3 in the first step of controlling their destiny in hopes of winning the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s first-half title.

Hagerstown was a half-game behind Hickory and a half-game ahead of West Virginia after the win to assume sole possession of second place.

The Crawdads lost 17-8 to Greenville in the completion of a suspended game while the start of the nightcap was delayed.

The Suns took a 2-0 lead in the second inning against West Virginia starter Clay Holmes (2-5), which was prolonged by an error.

Miller drew a leadoff walk and reached second when Power second baseman Dilson Herrera misplayed Will Piwnica-Worms’ grounder.

After Estarlin Martinez singled to load the bases, Wes Schill his an RBI single to second and Pedro Severino hit a sacrifice fly to put Hagerstown on the board.

Hagerstown made it 3-0 in the third when Miller hit a two-out home run to left.

The Suns tacked on two more runs in the fifth when Khayyan Norfork drew a one-out walk and stole second before Miller was hit by a pitch. Piwnica-Worms hit a fly over right fielder Josh Bell for a two-run triple and a 5-0 lead.

West Virginia got a run back in the bottom of the fifth with Max Moroff’s home run to right off Suns starter Pedro Encarnacion (5-3). Raul Fortunato and Francisco Diaz followed with singles and advanced on a passed ball before Walker Gourley hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

Ronald Pena replaced Encarnacion in the sixth and was immediately touched for a run by the Power.

Josh Bell hit a one-out double to left and took third on a wild pitch before scoring on Stetson Allie’s single to right to tighten the score to 5-3.

The Suns scored an insurance run in the eighth against West Virginia reliever Pat Ludwig. Wes Schill drew a two-out walk and moved to third on a Severino single before scoring on Stephen Perez’s hit.

Hagerstown put the game out of reach with three runs in the ninth off reliever Bryton Trepagnier for a 9-3 lead.

The Suns constructed the rally as Norfork led off with a single and took third on Shawn Pleffner’s single to set up a sacrifice fly by Miller.

After Piwnica-Worms doubled, Martinez hit an RBI single and Schill lofted a sacrifice fly to plate the final two runs.

Pena got the win by allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts over five innings. Benincasa recorded his ninth save with two innings on one-hit pitching with two strikeouts.

Miller, Piwnica-Worms and Schill drove in two runs each for the Suns. Martinez had three hits to lead Hagerstown’s 12-hit attack.

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