Written By Winston-Salem Dash
FREDERICK, MD--- Courtney Hawkins
returned to the Dash's lineup in a big way by blasting a pair of two-run
homers in Winston-Salem's 5-2 victory over Frederick Wednesday night at
Harry Grove Stadium.
Hawkins, who exited Sunday's finale at Carolina and missed Tuesday's
series opener in Frederick because of right quad tightness, notched the
29th multi-homer game in Dash (2-3) history. His first blast in the
opening frame easily cleared the 400-foot marker
in dead center field to give the Dash a 2-0 advantage.
In his second at-bat, Hawkins ran the count full and clubbed a hanging
breaking ball beyond the left-center field boards. Both of Hawkins'
bombs came against Frederick (3-2) southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1), the
Orioles' fourth-ranked farmhand according to
The top prospect in the White Sox system, Hawkins struck out in his
final two at-bats, falling short of becoming the first Dash player to
hit three homers in a single game. The last Winston-Salem hitter to
accomplish that feat was John Shelby III on May 3,
2008, against Myrtle Beach.
Winston-Salem's pitching staff cruised behind Hawkins' run support. In
his 2013 debut, righty Justin Collop (1-0) tossed five scoreless innings
and scattered three hits en route to the first victory for a Dash
starter this season. Collop stranded seven runners,
five of whom were in scoring position when the inning ended.
Behind Collop, Jeremy Erben struck out three in two innings of relief.
His lone mistake resulted in a two-run blast by Sammie Starr in the
seventh inning, which proved to be the Keys' lone scoring play.
Max Peterson wrapped up the contest with two perfect innings, including a
pair of punchouts, for his first High-A save. In the first two games of
this series, the Dash have struck out 22 Frederick batters, including
nine in Wednesday's three-run win.
Outside of Hawkins' two long balls, Winston-Salem scored a run in the
fourth thanks to a Grant Buckner RBI groundout that chased home Mark
Haddow. Haddow recorded a two-hit day, while Joey DeMichele banged out
three hits and scored on both of Hawkins' homers.
Winston-Salem finished with a season-high 11 hits.
The Dash and Keys aim for a series sweep and a 3-3 road trip Thursday
night at 7 from Harry Grove Stadium. Bryan Blough (0-1, 21.00 ERA) will
toe the rubber for Winston-Salem against fellow right-hander Devin Jones
(1-0, 1.50 ERA). Every Thursday game will
be broadcast on 600 AM-WSJS in Winston-Salem, and fans can catch all of
the play-by-play action beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Baseball returns to the Triad in two days with the Home Opener at
BB&T Ballpark. The Dash and Carolina Mudcats meet in the first of a
three-game set Friday night at 7, and a limited number of tickets are
still available. Call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit
wsdash.com for your tickets.