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Hawkins Hits Two Homers In Dash Victory Over Frederick

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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 Baseball America.

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.

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