Suns go dim as Kannapolis wins title

The offseason arrived about one game early for the Hagerstown Suns.

The Suns were stifled for six innings by starter Jack Egbert and for another three by reliever Garry Bakker as the Kannapolis Intimidators wrapped up the South Atlantic League title with a 3-0 win.

Hagerstown scattered six hits in the effort, but was never able to mount a consistent attack against the White Sox farm club, which won the deciding Game 4 in the best-of-five series.

The Suns had two runners – Jose Coronado and Ambiorix Concepcion – thrown out at home in the first inning, setting a frustrating tone for the contest.

Kannapolis touched starter Blake Eager for three runs in five innings to clinch the title. Boomer Berry's third-inning single plated the Intimidators' first run, and Adam McCarthy tacked on a two-run homer off Eager in the fifth for the only runs Kannapolis would need.

When Jim Burt, Jr. grounded out against Bakker for the final out of the ninth inning, all New York farm clubs were officially eliminated from postseason play.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides fell in five games in their International League playoff series, while the Gulf Coast Mets were swept in a best-of-three series by the Gulf Coast Yankees.

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