HAGERSTOWN —Caleb Ramsey went 3-for-3 and four other Hagerstown hitters had two hits each as the Suns finished with 13 hits in an 8-5 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Thursday night at Municipal Stadium.
Hagerstown (77-51, 35-24 second half) leads the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division by 2 1/2 games over Hickory and West Virginia. The red-hot Suns have won three straight and 10 of 12. Hagerstown has won its last 11 games against Delmarva (50-79, 22-38) since an 8-6 loss on June 2.
The Suns opened Thursday’s scoring with a run off Shorebirds starter Juan Guzman in the second inning. Justin Miller hit a one-out single, stole second, went to third on catcher Adam Davis’ throwing error and scored on Ramsey’s two-out single.
Hagerstown added two runs in the third for a 3-0 lead. Bryce Ortega hit a lead-off double and Billy Burns’ sacrifice bunt led to Guzman’s throwing error, scoring Ortega and leaving Burns on second. Burns came around to score on a balk and a wild pitch.
Delmarva got on the board with a run in the fourth off Suns starter Taylor Jordan. Greg Lorenzo led off with a single and scored on Roderick Bernadina’s double to left.
That was the only run Jordan (3-2) allowed in his five innings. He gave up five hits and struck out four.
Hagerstown took firm control with a three-run rally on five hits in the bottom of the fourth for a 6-1 lead. Ortega hit an RBI triple to left and scored on a wild pitch. Billy Burns and Khayyan Norfork followed with singles, and Burns scored on an error by Lorenzo in center.
The Shorebirds got a run back in the sixth off reliever Gregory Holt on Connor Narron’s home run to right center.
The Suns answered with two runs in the bottom half for an 8-2 lead. Ramsey doubled to right and scored on Burns’ double to left, and Norfork drove in Burns with a single.
Delmarva made a game of it with a three-run eighth on four hits against reliever Alex Kreis, who was hurt by Miller’s throwing error at first early in the frame. Michael Ohlman followed with a two-run double to left and Lucas Herbst hit an RBI double to right to cut Hagerstown’s lead to 8-5.
But Leonard Hollins worked a perfect final 1 1/3 innings for the Suns, striking out one. Burns, Norfork, Miller and Ortega each had two hits.