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Suns pummel Crawdads in SAL laugher

July 18, 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — The Hagerstown Suns pounded out 21 hits and took advantage of four Hickory errors to pound the Crawdads 15-2 in a South Atlantic League game Thursday night.

The Suns (54-40, 16-11) pulled within a half-game of the Crawdads (55-41, 16-10) in the race for the Northern Division’s second-half title. Hagerstown already has a playoff berth locked up after winning the first half.

Hagerstown scored three runs on four hits and two Hickory errors in the top of the first inning, and never looked back. Tony Renda hit an RBI single, Wander Ramos mashed an RBI double to left and Estarlin Martinez added a sacrifice fly.

Martinez tripled to right in the third inning and scored on a fielding error — the fourth committed in the game by the Crawdads — to give the Suns a 4-0 lead.

Hagerstown added three more runs in the fifth for a 7-0 lead. Will Piwnica-Worms doubled to right and scored on Sam Palace’s RBI fielder’s choice groundout. Renda and Ramos added two-out RBI singles.

Suns starter Nick Lee (4-2) hit the first Crawdad he faced with a pitch, then retired the next 12 hitters before Hickory got on the board in the fifth.

Nomar Mazara ended the no-hitter with a leadoff single and Lewis Brinson also singled. Jordan Akins drew a one-out walk to load the bases and Nick Williams walked with two outs to force in a run, cutting the lead to 7-1. Lee got a strikeout — his fifth — to end the threat and his night.

Brandon Miller’s leadoff home run in the sixth gave Hagerstown an 8-1 lead, and Wes Schill’s two-out RBI double to center made it 9-1.

Hickory used a single, two walks and a Suns error to score a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Renda and Ramos led off the seventh with singles and Renda scored on Martinez’s RBI groundout to give Hagerstown a 10-2 lead.

The Suns capped the scoring with a five-run ninth highlighted by Stephen Perez’s grand slam — only his second home run of the season.

Ramos finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs, Renda and Martinez each had three hits and two RBIs, and Schill also had three hits for Hagerstown.

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