KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Kannapolis Intimidators broke out on top quickly and used solid pitching to stay out front, beating the Hagerstown Suns 4-1 on Saturday night.
The Intimidators took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Suns starter Jake Johansen (0-2), the Nationals’ top draft pick this year. Tim Anderson hit a one-out single to right, stole second and scored on Jason Coats’ RBI double to left. Coats scored on Keon Barnum’s RBI single to center.
Hagerstown cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the third off Kannapolis starter Adam Lopez (5-3). Pedro Severino led off with an infield single to third, Stephen Perez doubled to center to put runners on second and third, and Severino scored on Isaac Ballou’s groundout to second. Lopez got out of the inning with a strikeout and a popup.
The Intimidators made it 3-1 in the bottom of the third. Anderson led off with an infield single, went to third on an errant pickoff attempt, and scored on a two-out wild pitch.
Kannapolis made it 4-1 in the fourth. Adam Heisler led off with a walk, took second on a passed ball, stole third with one out and scored on Jeremy Dowdy’s RBI single to left.
Lopez went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine.