Errors help Suns give Power jolt

June 09, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Champions are made by making the best out of the worst situations.

The Hagerstown Suns have been struggling while trying to make that climb. And West Virginia gave them a boost on Sunday.

The Suns scored four runs in the sixth inning — with the help of two Power errors — to pull out a 4-1 victory that keeps Hagerstown in the hunt for the South Atlantic League Northern Divison first-half title.

Hagerstown (33-26) rallied with the help of a throwing error and a dropped sacrifice fly to win for the third time in the last nine games.

With the victory, the Suns remained a half-game behind first-place Hickory with eight games remaining. The Suns host the Crawdads in a four-game series starting today.

Hagerstown got to Power reliever Jhondaniel Medina in the sixth, using a one-out walk to Will Piwnica-Worms to open the door.

Piwnica-Worms moved when Estarlin Martinez reached on third baseman Eric Wood’s throwing error and scored on Stephen Perez’s double.

Wes Schill ran for Martinez and Craig Manuel walked to end Medina’s outing. Thomas Harlan came on and got Wilmer Difo to fly hit a sacrifice fly to center that Raul Fortunato dropped to score Schill.

Tony Renda hit a sacrifice fly and Khayyan Norfork doubled to give Hagertown a 4-0 lead.

West Virginia got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Walker Gourley hit a two-out solo home run off Ivan Pineyro (5-3) for the Power’s only run.

Pineyro pitched six innings, allowing the one run on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Brian Rauh pitched the seventh and Travis Henke worked the final two innings for his second save.

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