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By BOB PARASILITI | | July 22, 2011
Wind, rain and heat weren't going to stop the Hagerstown Suns from playing on Friday. But a fallen light standard sure did. A bank of lights along the left-field side of Municipal Stadium was blown out of its cement base during Friday¿s storm, causing the cancellation of the Hagerstown Suns¿ game against Augusta. The storm, featuring high winds and heavy rain, swept through Hagerstown around 2:45 p.m. The light fell around 3 p.m., bouncing off the front corner of the stadium¿s beer garden structure before falling across the fence to its resting place in left field, just behind the infield dirt.
April 6, 2011
The scheduled exhibition baseball game Tuesday between the Harrisburg Senators and the Hagerstown Suns was canceled due to unplayable field conditions. Instead, the Suns held a workout at Municipal Stadium that was open to all exhibition game ticket holders. All exhibition game tickets are redeemable for a future general-admission ticket to a Suns game, excluding Opening Day, April 15.
September 14, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 BASEBALL The beginning and the end will come at the same location for the Hagerstown Suns next season. The Suns will open and close their 32nd season at Municipal Stadium, according the their 2012 schedule that was announced on Wednesday. Hagerstown will open its 140-game schedule with a seven-game homestand, beginning on April 5 against West Virginia. After four games with the Power, Lexington comes in to close the opening series.
August 15, 2012
The Hagerstown Suns and Goodwill Industries of Hagerstown will host Goodwill Night Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown. The Suns plays the Kannapolis Intimdators at 7:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring items to donate to get a voucher for free tickets to Sunday, Sept. 2, game against the Asheville Tourists. For more information about the Suns, go to .
April 10, 2012
A Hagerstown Suns employee suffered a serious head injury Tuesday morning when he fell off a four-wheel drive vehicle he was riding on at Municipal Stadium, city police said. The 18-year-old man was riding on the vehicle with two other employees, said Lt. Paul Kifer, a spokesman for the Hagerstown Police Department. The employee was sitting on a garbage bag on the back of the vehicle when the driver made a left turn, and the employee fell off, hitting his head, Kifer said.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | January 26, 2011
The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday gave thumbs up to the Hagerstown Suns to hold 12 fireworks displays at Municipal Stadium in 2011.   The Suns minor league baseball team earlier this month provided the council with a list of 13 dates for fireworks shows, one of which had yet to be determined. The council approved the 12 confirmed dates during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Hagerstown's lease for the stadium requires the Suns to notify neighbors of the fireworks schedule, according to city documents.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | February 18, 2013
Former Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II has been named interim general manager of the Hagerstown Suns, effective March 1, the team announced Monday. “The interim position will be for the 2013 season, and we'll re-examine that at the end of the season,” Bruchey said in an interview at the Suns offices at Municipal Stadium. Asked if he was in the running for or applying for the GM position, Bruchey said the interim position was a surprise and, “I guess we'll see what happens this season and how well we do.” Bruchey, who lost his bid for re-election as mayor last November, began working for the Suns on Jan. 14 as the team's director of sales, marketing and community affairs.
February 5, 2012
Sometimes prophecy can be found in stupid statements. About 20 years ago, a former Hagerstown Suns player was blindsided by a hometown newspaper friend. They were chit-chatting before an interview, but unbeknownst to the player, that sneaky journalist had a tape recorder running the entire time. A few days later, his off-the-cuff statement made it to print. “We have a saying around here,” the player said. “We say 'If you find a girl in Hagerstown with a full set of teeth, marry her.'” Not too bright.
November 4, 2002
The Hagerstown Suns has endorsed five candidates for Washington County Commissioner. The minor league baseball team has endorsed Jim Brown, J. Herbert Hardin, Bert Iseminger, Jim Kercheval and Paul Swartz. Those candidates have demonstrated support for using hotel-motel tax money to build a new ballpark, General Manager Kurt Landis said. In August, team owner Andrew Rayburn said he wasn't monitoring the candidates' positions on the stadium. But in an e-mail Friday, Landis said people have been calling the team's office to ask whom to support in the election.
September 10, 2013
“To the Hagerstown caller appreciating teachers and school staff, and to all of those supporting the employees of the Washington County BOE: Thank you. Thank you for the kind words. They are too infrequent. On the subject of changes for this school year, add this. As one of many language-arts teachers in this county, I spent two years in classes learning the Regie Routman theory of teaching writing. I instituted it, and I know it works. But this year, we have been told that a new program has been selected and must be instituted, one in which every lesson is laid out and scripted day by day. Every teacher will teach the same lesson on the same day, regardless of student need, progress or learning styles.
By BOB PARASILITI | September 8, 2013
Everyone in the room … Stand back.  Give me the paddles. Charge it to 240. Clear. Fwah-ump.  I'm getting a heartbeat. Wow, I always wanted to write that, and today, it's sort of fitting. It sort of summarizes last Friday night in the little ER we know as Hagerstown. There was this foreign feeling in the city that's usually missing. There was a pulse. It almost bordered on excitement. Friday was one of the biggest sporting days of the year for Washington County.
By BOB PARASILITI | | September 6, 2013
Plainly put, the West Virginia Power were saved by the Bell. Which meant it didn't toll well for the Hagerstown Suns. Josh Bell drove in four runs - including a crucial two-run double in the 11th inning - to lift the Power to a 6-3 win over the Suns on Friday at Municipal Stadium to tie the South Atlantic League's Northern Division playoff series at one game each. With the victory, the Power forced a deciding game in the best-of-3 series tonight at 7:05 at the stadium. The winner will advance to the SAL championship series against Savannah, which finished its sweep of Augusta on Friday.
September 6, 2013
A week ago, Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts released a clear, well-reasoned statement of intent regarding a proposed multi-use stadium downtown. In it, Gysberts announced the city's resolve to get the project done, both as a way to keep minor league baseball in the community and as an economic revitalization tool. The only shortcoming is that this purposeful document was issued on Aug. 30, 2013, when it should have been forthcoming on Dec. 30, 2012. Much has changed in the past eight months.
September 5, 2013
Forget the Suns; bring investors back to downtown To the editor: When I read about the preliminary deal between Bruce Quinn and Fredericksburg, Va., concerning the Hagerstown Suns, it confirmed my thoughts that Mr. Quinn never wanted to remain in Hagerstown. He offered to finance a significantly smaller portion of a stadium here than he is offering to Fredericksburg, and it didn't seem that he was committed to signing a 30-year lease in Hagerstown. He would not accept upgrading Municipal Stadium, nor did he offer to do it. He never brought Diamond Nation or any private investor to Hagerstown.  What if Mr. Quinn was not allowed to play in Municipal Stadium while he awaits a new stadium in Fredericksburg?
By BOB PARASILITI | | September 4, 2013
The fourth annual Hub City/Maryland Softball Show/Greene Turtle Home Run Derby will be a day late, but won't be a dinger short. The charity exhibition of power hitting at Municipal Stadium has been moved to Sunday, instead of its normal Saturday night, but will provide more bangs for the bucks. The uncertainty of the Hagerstown Suns' playoff schedule forced the event, featuring some of softball's best power hitters in the Mid-Atlantic, to wait a day. That ended up being a good thing.
September 1, 2013
A strike-three wild pitch with two outs, a throwing error on a bunt, and an ill-timed rainstorm left the Hagerstown Suns on the losing end of a 5-3 decision against the Kannapolis Intimidators that was called official after 5 1/2 innings on Sunday. West Virginia swept a doubleheader at Lexington on Sunday to clinch the second-half championship in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division. After the Suns (80-56, 42-26) - who won the first-half title - wrap up the regular season with a final game at Kannapolis (60-76, 32-35)
August 31, 2013
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)
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