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NEWS
May 4, 2005
Zach Gonzalez leaned too far for a foul ball at the Hagerstown Suns game Tuesday and fell onto the field, while his friends from E. Russell Hicks Middle School continued to reach for the ball. Zach retrieved the ball safely. His friends are, from left, Daniel McClanathan, Mfunisi Kitchen and Robert Remington. The Suns defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators, 11-4.
NEWS
August 14, 2007
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Joe Napoli scored from third base on Francisco Guzman's sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the 11th inning, and the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-5 on Monday night. Aaron Jackson (5-5) pitched the final two innings for the win, not allowing a run, hit or walk. The Intimidators rallied for three runs in the ninth against Suns closer Yader Peralta to tie the game at 5. Michael Martinez and Marcos Cabral each had three of Hagerstown's 14 hits, while Napoli, Patrick Nichols and Trevor Lawhorn each had two. Nichols and Francisco Guzman each had two RBIs for the Suns.
NEWS
May 30, 2002
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Twice this season, a Hagerstown Suns pitcher has thrown a complete game. Unfortunately, each time, the Suns have lost. Wednesday against the Kannapolis Intimidators, Anthony Pannone was strong. He threw eight innings, allowing just one earned run on a Gustavo Molina home run in the bottom of the second inning. That was the only score in the game. Pannone (4-3) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three. Offensively, Hagerstown's story was Bryan Carter.
NEWS
May 16, 2002
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Scott McKee drove in all four runs as the Kannapolis Intimidators blanked the Hagerstown Suns 4-0 on Wednesday night. Craig Szado (3-2) got the win for the Intimidators, allowing four hits in seven innings while striking out five. McKee, the only Kannapolis player with two hits, drove in an unearned run in the bottom of the first with a base hit off of Suns starter Ryan Hannaman (2-2). McKee doubled in the fifth off Hannaman to drive in two more and give the Intimidators a 3-0 lead, and McKee closed the scoring with an RBI groundout in the seventh off Julio Pavon.
NEWS
April 27, 2001
Suns walk into a win Today Hagerstown Suns Boof Bonser (2-0, 0.50) at Kannapolis Intimidators Chris McWirter (3-1, 1.44) Time: 6:30 Radio: WHAG 1410 KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - After spending the better part of six innings just standing around, it was fitting the Hagerstown Suns had its winning run walk home. Trey Lunsford drew a bases-loaded walk in the 14th inning to plate Jason Ellison with the winning run Thursday night to cap a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators.
NEWS
July 7, 2003
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - When it came to defining a victory, the Kannapolis Intimidators turned to Webster. Anthony Webster drove in two runs - one to tie the game and the other to win it - on Sunday as Kannapolis outdueled the Hagerstown Suns, 3-2. Webster homered in the sixth inning to tie the game at 1-1 and then hit a sacrifice fly in the Intimidators' two-run seventh for a 3-1 lead. Hagerstown starter Merkin Valdez (5-4) held Kannapolis scoreless until the sixth, but ended up taking the loss.
NEWS
August 5, 2008
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- The Hagerstown Suns got a solid pitching performance from Bradley Meyers and scored all of their runs with two outs to beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 4-1 on Monday night. Meyers (8-5) allowed 10 hits and one earned run in six innings, walking one and striking out seven. Meyers has not allowed more than two earned runs in seven consecutive starts since the beginning of July. The Suns (20-24) started the scoring by manufacturing a run in the top of the first.
SPORTS
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)
NEWS
May 19, 2008
Mark Gildea made his first game with the Hagerstown Suns a memorable one. Gildea, the Washington Nationals' ninth-round pick in the 2007 draft, went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run Sunday to help the Suns to a 7-4 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators before a sparse crowd of 657 at Municipal Stadium. Stephen King and Jake Smolinski also homered for the Suns (21-21), who have won five of their last six games. King hit a one-out solo home run in the fourth inning. One out later, Gildea singled to right and Smolinski followed with a two-run blast to give Hagerstown a 3-0 lead.
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SPORTS
September 2, 2013
The Kannapolis Intimidators' season ended with a bang. The Hagerstown Suns' season ended with a thud. But the Suns will live to play another day. Jacob May lined the first pitch he saw from Hagerstown reliever Christian Meza over the left-field wall with two outs in the 10th inning to give Kannapolis a come-from-behind 4-3 victory on Sunday in the final game of the South Atlantic League's regular season. The Intimidators won three of the last four games to end their season.
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SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
August 4, 2013
The Kannapolis Intimidators took a first-inning lead and never relinquished it Sunday, holding off the Hagerstown Suns 4-3 to avoid a four-game sweep at Municipal Stadium. The Suns (26-17, 64-46), who had their four-game win streak snapped, fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place West Virginia in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings. Starter Michael Recchia (5-0) pitched seven strong innings for Kannapolis (16-27, 43-68), allowing one run, six hits and a walk while striking out eight.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013
The Hagerstown Suns proved on Friday night that good things come in twos. Estarlin Martinez hit a two-run home run and Wander Ramos, Pedro Severino and Shawn Pleffner added two-run doubles as the Suns defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 11-7 in a back-and-forth South Atlantic League contest in front of 965 fans at Municipal Stadium. The Suns (62-45, 24-16) remained 1 1/2 games behind the West Virginia Power - a 10-1 winner over Lakewood - in the race for the Northern Division's second-half title.
OPINION
September 7, 2012
Nothing has helped Suns draw fans To the editor: In my letter to The Herald-Mail this spring , I questioned whether the poor attendance at Suns' games was due to the lack of amenities at the stadium, or a lack of quality of the team on the field. In 2012, the Suns finished second in the first half of the season, and as of today (August 29) are currently in first place by three and one half games. To date, according to the Official Site for Minor League Baseball, Suns' attendance this year totals only 81,793 fans - an average of 1,363 per game, down from an average of 1,931 fans in 2011.
SPORTS
June 8, 2012
The Hagerstown Suns stayed red-hot on Friday night, scoring four runs in the ninth inning - highlighted by Hendry Jimenez's three-run home run - before holding on to score a 6-4 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators in the South Atlantic League. The Suns (37-23) moved within 2 1/2 games of Greensboro (40-21) in the Northern Division standings. The Grasshoppers lost 6-2 to Lexington on Friday. Hagerstown has won six straight while Greensboro has lost four in a row. Facing Intimidators reliever Bryan Blough (1-3)
SPORTS
August 21, 2011
Jon Bachanov pitched six scoreless innings and the Kannapolis Intimidators edged the Hagerstown Suns 2-1 on Sunday in the final game of an important four-game series in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division. Kannapolis (70-53, 33-22) entered the series with a one-game lead over Hagerstown (70-55, 30-25) and won 3 of 4 games to leave the Suns three games back with 14 to play. Suns starter Robbie Ray was brilliant for his four innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out seven to keep the Intimidators off the board.
SPORTS
August 20, 2011
Trayce Thompson hit a pair of home runs Saturday, and the Kannapolis Intimidators opened the game with a four-run first inning and beat the Hagerstown Suns 6-2 in the South Atlantic League. The Intimidators (69-53, 32-22 second half) have won two of the first three games of the four-game series, which concludes today. Kannapolis holds a two-game lead over the Suns (70-54, 30-24) in the Northern Division race. Kannapolis jumped all over Hagerstown starter Matt Swynenberg (6-2)
SPORTS
May 31, 2011
Blake Kelso went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run and a trio of Hagerstown pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in the Suns’ 3-0 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators (27-23) on Tuesday night. The Suns (32-20) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Kannapolis starter Steven Upchurch (1-4). Kelso hit a leadoff double to left, took second on a sacrifice bunt by Adrian Sanchez and scored on a single to center by Bryce Harper. The Suns extended their lead to 2-0 in the third against Upchurch on Kelso’s one-out, solo home run to left.
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