Johnson, Beckwith Homer in 2-1 Win at Asheville

Daniel Johnson hits game-winner in top of the 9th

By Kevin Gehl / Hagerstown Suns | May 14, 2017 5:24 PM ET

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Daniel Johnson hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth to put the Hagerstown Suns (22-14) ahead for good, 2-1, during a Mother's Day matinee with the Asheville Tourists (16-19) at McCormick Field on Sunday.

Johnson's line drive to center field cleared the fence for his third home run in the last three games. He sits second in the South Atlantic League with nine homers this season. The 21-year-old outfielder, ranked 28th among Washington Nationals prospects by, went deep just once in 62 games with the Auburn Doubledays in Class A Short Season last year.

The Suns opened the scoring In the top of the sixth when newly-added infielder Tyler Beckwith launched his own solo homer to left field. The Mount Airy, Maryland native joined the Suns on Sunday, replacing injured shortstop Carter Kieboom , who was placed on the Disabled List. 

Hagerstown starter McKenzie Mills allowed one run on an RBI double from Eric Toole in the bottom of the sixth. Mills took the no-decision after 5 2/3 innings with seven hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. 

Steven Fuentes (Win, 2-0) allowed just one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings, matching his longest relief outing of the season. The 20-year-old from Panama struck out three Tourists and allowed no walks.

Hagerstown moved back into solo first place atop the SAL Northern Division by a full game over the Lakewood BlueClaws (21-15). The Suns are now 4-2 against Asheville this season and matched its longest road winning streak with a third consecutive victory away from Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown. 

The road trip continues with two more games in Asheville before the Suns return home on May 18 against Lakewood for Thirsty Thursday wth beer prices starting at just two dollars each. For tickets, call 301-791-6266 or visit

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