Pitching and defense have kept Lakewood in games all season, but it cost them on the season's final day. Both Hagerstown runs were unearned and at least one was the direct result of a BlueClaw error.
Trevor Lawhorn reached first on a throwing error by Lakewood third baseman Welinson Baez with one out in the second. Two batters later, a double by Robert Jacobsen plated Lawhorn and the Suns had an early 1-0 lead.
Lakewood came back to tie the game in the fourth. Gus Milner singled to right with one out and scored on a double by Baez to account for the BlueClaws only run of the afternoon.
Baez would have a hand in the only other run of the game that gave Hagerstown the lead in the ninth. John Poppert led off the inning with a groundball to third and reached on Baez's second error of the day. After a sacrifice bunt by Lindon Bond, Jonathan Castro hit a routine fly ball to center field that was dropped by Julian Williams and allowed Poppert to reach third base. Marcos Cabral was intentionally walked to load the bases before Dumont walked Joe Napoli to force in the winning run for the Suns.
Lakewood came up short in their run to make the playoffs and attempt to defend their SAL title. Scott Mitchinson said that while the team was disappointed at not getting the chance to defend their title, they were content with the effort they put forth on the field.
"Everybody wants to play for the ring but Hickory did what they needed to do to eliminate us. It's not like we eliminated ourselves," said the right-hander.