June 25, 2011
Thumbs up: To baseball phenom Bryce Harper for injecting some baseball excitement into Hagerstown and the Tri-State area. We wish him luck as he climbs the professional baseball ladder. To Washington County Commissioners Terry Baker, John F. Barr and Ruth Anne Callaham for paying their own way to Florida on the first Direct Air flight out of Hagerstown Regional Airport June 23. To Dave Reeder, a longtime administrator in Washington County Public Schools, who left his job as director of secondary education to become superintendent of the Camp Hill (Pa.)
May 16, 2011
Bobby Hansen pitched seven strong innings and Cole Leonida drove in a pair of runs as the Hagerstown Suns beat the Lakewood BlueClaws 6-2 on Sunday afternoon. Hansen (5-1) scattered four hits and struck out five while allowing two runs (one earned). He lowered his ERA to 3.53. Trailing 1-0, Hagerstown evened the score as Michael Taylor led off the top of the fifth with a solo homer. Leonida doubled to drive in Taylor and later scored on Blake Kelso’s single as the Suns took a 3-1 lead in the seventh.
June 21, 2011
Four Hagerstown Suns players saw action for the North Division in Tuesday’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but the South Division prevailed, 6-3. Three Suns started the game for the North. Third baseman Blake Kelso was the leadoff hitter and went 1-for-2 with a single and a run scored. Right fielder Bryce Harper hit third and went 0-for-2 with an RBI groundout. Catcher David Freitas batted fifth and went 0-for-2. All three played the first four innings before being replaced.
April 14, 2011
The Lexington Legends took a page out of Hagerstown’s success manual and put it to good use. The Legends jumped out to an early lead — scoring two runs in the first inning ¿ and made it stand up on Thursday in a 7-0 shutout of the Suns. The Suns ended their season-opening, eight-game road trip with a 6-2 record before heading home for tonight¿s home opener against Lakewood. In five of the six wins, the Suns scored first. After opening the season by winning their first six games, the Suns have lost two straight.
March 15, 2011
With one quick swing, the Hagerstown Suns found themselves standing on third base. On Saturday, the Suns were notified that Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals' and the 2010 baseball draft's overall first selection, was sent to the minor league complex and designated to play for Hagerstown. “We are 75 percent there,” said Suns general manager Bill Farley. “I’ve been telling people that it’s exciting news. We are one step closer to seeing Bryce Harper in a Hagerstown Suns jersey.” Although there has been a buzz in the Suns’ front office for much of the offseason, it became more intense on Monday.
May 1, 2011
Matt Grace, Shane McCatty and Chris Manno combined for a three-hit shutout, and Bryce Harper stayed hot with an RBI double as the Hagerstown Suns beat the Rome Braves 4-0 on Sunday for their fourth straight victory. Grace (2-3) pitched the first six innings for the win, allowing two hits and three walks and striking out three. McCatty went the next two inninings, giving up only a hit and a walk while striking out one. Manno finished the job in the ninth, recording a pair of strikeouts with a walk.
April 8, 2011
The Hagerstown Suns showed the Rome Braves that walks — and good base running — can be lethal. The Suns used a pair of leadoff walks and some heads-up navigating of the bases on Friday to collect a 2-0 victory. Hagerstown (2-0) managed only four hits against a trio of Braves pitchers, but took advantage of six walks to get the job done. Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals’ and baseball’s top selection in the 2010 draft, went 0-for-3, but drew a leadoff walk in the eighth inning, leading to the Suns’ insurance run. Rome pitchers Caleb Brewer and Blaine Sims held the Suns hitless for 6 2/3 innings.
April 11, 2011
Baseball has many functions and identities. It’s a sport … a diversion … a pastime. Games have been compared to warfare as battles, confrontations and struggles. This year, Hagerstown Suns baseball will be all that and more. Municipal Stadium will also be an educational setting. This is where Bryce Harper will learn how to play professional baseball. Harper is extremely talented. He already plays the game to the best of his talents. He also understands how to deal with its many distractions and demands.
April 15, 2011
Frustration, like life, is a matter of perspective. For Bryce Harper and the Hagerstown Suns, Friday’s home opener was just another day. Harper went 0-for-3 in his Municipal Stadium debut while the Lakewood BlueClaws got to Hagerstown starter Chris McKenzie early in an 8-4 victory over the Suns before a sellout crowd of 6,017. “I’m not frustrated about my start. I’m more frustrated that we lost,” said Harper to the small throng of media after the game. Lakewood jumped out to a 3-0 lead early and never let the Suns get going as Hagerstown lost its third straight game after winning its first six. “Chris threw the ball great in his first outing, but tonight he battled to get his command,” said Suns manager Brian Daubach.
June 16, 2011
The joy of Minor League baseball, in some respects, is its imperfection. And its room for improvement. It's here that fastball pitchers learn a changeup, and where fastball hitters learn to hit a breaking ball. A dazzling play in the field is often followed up by a YouTube-worthy blooper. A few will make it to the majors, but most minor leaguers are simply having fun and bagging stories for the grandkids. One who seems certain to make the show, however, is Nationals phenom Bryce Harper, an 18-year-old whose talent has been described as "freakish.