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By BOB PARASILITI | | August 29, 2013
Starting on Friday, the Hagerstown Suns are in Phase Two of the season. Even with four games remaining in the regular season, Friday is the beginning of the postseason. But before they moved ahead, the Suns took care of business on Thursday. Stephen Perez drove in five runs and Hagerstown scored 12 runs in its final three innings at bat for a 14-1 rout of Lakewood to complete the home half of the 2013 regular season. The next time the Suns see Municipal Stadium, it will be next Friday in the second game of the Northern Division best-of-3 playoffs.
By TOM FIREY | August 28, 2013
Fredericksburg, Va., officials announced last week that they've crafted a new proposal for building a stadium that would become home to the Hagerstown Suns. The announcement caused great turmoil in Washington County where some local leaders want to build a taxpayer-financed stadium in downtown Hagerstown. It's unclear whether the Fredericksburg plan will come to fruition. An earlier proposal was abandoned following taxpayer outcry against using public money for the stadium. Initial reporting on the new plan indicates that, instead of using tens of millions of tax dollars to build the stadium, the city would use millions of tax dollars to build a parking lot for a privately built stadium and then give the stadium owners tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks.
August 28, 2013
Forty-nine days. That's how long it took the community of Fredericksburg, Va., to negotiate a deal with the Hagerstown Suns for a new stadium. Two-hundred thirty-three days. That's how long it took one Hagerstown city councilman this year to even get in touch with his own inner feelings about the project - not to mention all the collective hemming and hawing from various and sundry elected officials, potential investors and competing business interests. The state of Maryland was standing there with $10 million, just trying to give it to Hagerstown, saying “Here, get yourself something nice,” and the city council just stood there with drool collecting on the dais as if they'd just been asked to prove Fermat's Last Theorem.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 27, 2013
The Fredericksburg (Va.) City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to endorse a proposal that could bring the Hagerstown Suns to the Virginia city, according to an elected official there. The proposal - a revised version of a concept recently presented by the Suns and a group of partnering investors - will now be sent to the team for their approval, Fredericksburg City Councilman Fred Howe said. “I am excited we have made this very important decision” to begin the process of bringing professional baseball to Fredericksburg, Howe wrote in an email late Tuesday night.
By DAVE McMILLION | | August 27, 2013
Residents Tuesday night fired a double-blast of criticism at the Hagerstown City Council and Mayor David S. Gysberts over growing city crime and their handling of the potential move by the Hagerstown Suns. Six speakers and one person who submitted comments for Councilwoman Penny Nigh to read aloud brought up the issues during a public comment period in a council meeting at City Hall. Residents in the Jefferson Street area complained about unruly youths congregating in their neighborhood, gangs, drug use, thefts, destruction of property and other offensive behavior.
August 27, 2013
Douglas Powell Weaver Jr., 88, of   Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. Born March 5, 1925, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Douglas Powell Weaver Sr. and Ruth Humelsine Weaver. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Naval Armed Guard in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II. He was employed by Hagerstown Lumber Co. as a cabinetmaker for 43 years, retiring in 1990.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 25, 2013
The movement has been swift. Without the need to negotiate a lease or seek additional private funding sources, officials in Fredericksburg, Va., have been on the fast track in recent weeks. They have laid out a package of incentives to the Hagerstown Suns and the organization's private partners to attract the team south. “Our hope is to be way out in front ahead of the Hagerstown council offer, and I think we have achieved that,” Fredericksburg City Councilman Fred Howe said Friday.
August 24, 2013
Mike McQuillan and Estarlin Martinez each had two hits, and Nick Lee and Ian Dickson pitched out of trouble as the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-1 on Saturday night in front of 1,333 fans at Municipal Stadium. The Suns (77-52, 39-23) were a half-game ahead of West Virginia in the race for the South Atlantic League Northern Division's second-half title. The Power won the first game of a doubleheader with Savannah 6-3 in nine innings. The second game was in progress.
By BOB PARASILITI | | August 23, 2013
Dejai made the Hagerstown Suns face the music on Friday. Greensboro starter Dejai Oliver - pronounced D.J. - took away all the Suns' rhythm with seven innings of five-hit pitching as the Grasshoppers tuned out Hagerstown 9-1 to start the final regular-season homestand at Municipal Stadium. The Suns got the early lead but couldn't keep it as they committed three errors to open the door for a pair of Greensboro rallies, hampering the efforts of pitcher Jake Johansen in his first Hagerstown start.
August 21, 2013
Will Piwnica-Worms may not have started, but he sure knew how to finish for the Hagerstown Suns. Piwnica-Worms scored the winning run on Mike McQuillan's two-out single in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday to lift the Suns to a 4-3 over the Lakewood BlueClaws. Piwnica-Worms replaced center fielder Narciso Mesa in the top of the second inning and responded with two hits and an RBI, along with scoring the winning run. The victory - the Suns' ninth in the last 11 games - allowed Hagerstown (75-51, 37-22)
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