Byron, Vermont (PressExposure) September 01, 2009 -- With the Suns playing their best ball of the season, the Thrashers could have only hoped for an off day for Saturday's game. No such luck. By the time the Thrashers pushed across their only run, the Suns had built an 8-0 lead, with Stan Antonuk and all-stater Jay Cary doing most of the damage.
Antonuk followed a leadoff single by Hewitt in the second with his first homer of the game, a majestic shot over the fence in left, to make it 2-0 and kick-start a five-run rally capped by Joe Perote's RBI double to left to score Billy Thompson.
The other two runs in the inning were the result of the first of three Donaldson errors in the game. With Jake Jones at first base after reaching on a fielder's choice, Tim Hammel laid down a perfect bunt to the left side. Thrashers third baseman Luke Simmons fielded the ball cleanly but threw wildly past first base, allowing Jones to score and Hammel to advance to third.
Graham then tried to squeeze with Hunter Marcum on a 2-0 pitch, but Marcum missed an outside pitch that went all the way to the backstop, and, as a result, Williams ended up with a steal of home to put Ada up 4-0.
Stan Antonuk hit his second home run -- a line drive that landed 30 feet beyond the left field fence -- with one out in the third to make it 6-0, and the Suns added two more runs in the fourth on fly ball doubles by Hamilton with one out (on a ball the outfielders appeared to lose in the sun) and Thompson (which fell behind first base and plated Hamilton) and a sharp RBI single to left by Ford.
The Suns scored five times on just two hits in the fifth, but both were home runs -- a line drive over the fence in left by Stan Antonuk leading off and an inside-the-park job by Hamilton that was easily the strangest home run of the season.
After Antonuk's blast, Anderson was hit by a pitch, Smith walked and Ed Grogan was hit by a pitch to load the bases and bring on Turner in relief of Thrashers starting pitcher. Turner quickly got ahead of Hamilton 1-2, but his fourth pitch was a fastball that the second basemen ripped into the gap in left-center.
The ball rolled to the wall, where center fielder Martinez -- who had moved from shortstop to the outfield when the Thrashers made their pitching change -- attempted to pick it up. But his left foot got stuck under the fence as Suns raced around the bases. By the time he attempted to flip the ball to left fielder Smith, Hamilton was chugging toward third, and he scored standing up without a throw for his second home run of the season -- both of them grand slams.
Stan Antonuk's three-homer explosion gave him four in the tournament and pushed him past Grogan for the team lead with 13 this season. Hamilton and Smith, the 1-2 hitters in the lineup, added two hits apiece, and Hammel was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBIs in the win.