KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (June 15, 2017) - White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo drove a game-winning knock off the wall in left-center field to propel the Intimidators into a first place tie with the Suns after Kannapolis beat Hagerstown, 5-4 in seven innings, in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System. Kannapolis (36-28) can take sole possession of first place with a win in the second game of today's twin bill.
Adolfo, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, previously gave Kannapolis its first lead when he capped a 4-run fifth inning with a go-ahead home run (7) to straight-away center field. Trailing Hagerstown 2-0 entering the inning, Mitch Roman opened the scoring with an RBI-single, and Joel Booker tied the game when he scored from third on a wild pitch. Adolfo followed with a blast off James Bourque for a 4-2 lead.
Hagerstown's Sheldon Neuse tied the game with a two-run home run (7) in the sixth, setting up Adolfo's heroics one inning later.
Closer Mike Morrison (1-0) tossed a scoreless seventh, striking out two, en route to earning his first win of the season. Hagerstown's Jacob Howell (0-1) took the loss.
In the top of the third, Hagerstown took its first lead of the series. For the second straight inning, Kannapolis starter Yosmer Solorzano walked the leadoff man, putting Anderson Franco on base. Aldrem Corredor blasted a 2-out 2-run home run for a 2-0 lead, effectively ending Solorzano's night.
Jake Eilliott took over in relief, working scoreless fourth and fifth innings before getting into trouble in the sixth when he gave up Neuse's game-tying shot.
Kannapolis began the season 1-7 and fell into last place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division First Half standings, at one points sitting 5.0 games back with six teams ahead of the Intimidators.
The second game of Thursday's doubleheader begins at 7:10 p.m. at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System. Kannapolis sends RHP Alec Hansen (6-3, 2.57 ERA) to the mound against Hagerstown's LHP Yonathan Ramirez (0-1, 4.18 ERA) in the second game of the twin bill. On Friday, the Intimidators open a 3-game series at 7:05 p.m. against the West Virginia Power in the final series of the First Half. The home stand also features the second annual Disney Vacation Giveaway Night on Saturday, June 17, where one lucky fan will win a $2,500 vacation to the Magic Kingdom. Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.
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