Wade, RiverDogs too much for Suns

Tyler Wade stuffed the stat sheet and made great plays on defense during a 4-2 Charleston RiverDogs victory against the Hagerstown Suns on Friday night in front of 4,381 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League baseball.

Wade collected two base hits, drove in a run, and scored another for Charleston (21-19 second half, 54-56 overall).

In the bottom of the third inning, Charleston scored the first run to take a 1-0 advantage. John Murphy singled to open the frame and reached third base on a single from Mark Payton. Wade sent a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Murphy for the go-ahead run.

Hagerstown (26-15, 70-41) quickly answered in the fourth inning, tying the game at 1-1. Wilman Rodriguez drew a one-out walk before advancing to third during a Jimmy Yezzo single. David Masters came through with a single of his own to bring in Rodriguez and even the score.

The RiverDogs claimed the lead at 4-1 in the fifth inning with a three-run rally. Following a leadoff fly out, Payton got on base with his third single in as many at bats. Payton made it to third base during a single from Wade. After a walk to Dustin Fowler loaded the bases, Miguel Andujar's infield single scored Payton. Michael O'Neill followed with a two-run single, plating Wade and Fowler to stretch out the lead.

The Suns cut the deficit to 4-2 in the seventh inning on an Austin Chubb sacrifice fly.

The series continues Saturday at 6:05 p.m. RiverDogs LHP Ian Clarkin (3-3, 3.46 ERA) will face Suns RHP Reynaldo Lopez (1-1, 3.95 ERA). The RiverDogs will turn back time to the 1980s and wear throwback Charleston Rainbows uniforms. RiverDogs executive vice president and general manager Dave Echols is also expected to take part in the "Two-Knuckle Challenge," undergoing a prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."