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Miracle regain 1st place

May 9, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Pending the outcome of Thursday night's play, the Fort Myers Miracle likely head into a two-game weekend homestand with the Jupiter Hammerheads alone in first place in the Florida State League's South Division standings.

After a day off Sunday, the Miracle (19-14) will head to Bradenton for a four-game trip against the Marauders, who have slipped two games behind in the standings.

Jose Berrios allowed one hit and struck out seven over five innings Wednesday night to help the Miracle score a 6-3 victory over at Jupiter and break a first-place tie.

Berrios (2-2) held the Hammerheads off the board through the fifth. The seven strikeouts recorded matches a season-high.

The Miracle offense erupted in the top of the seventh with five runs on six hits against Jupiter reliever Cody Crabaugh. They sent nine to the plate in the inning and the offensive outburst began with Niko Goodrum's triple to right center with one out.

Last summer, Craig Sager, TNT basketball analyst and sideline reporter, was feted by the Miracle and honored by having his image immortalized in bobblehead form.

This summer, Sager is undergoing treatment for acute leukemia and the Miracle want to join the fight by auctioning off the few remaining Sager bobbleheads.

"Craig was kind enough to help out the Miracle last summer," said Miracle general manager Andrew Seymour. "Now, we want to return the favor by raising money to fight the disease he is battling.

"We found eight of the Sager bobbleheads, two of them autographed, and we are going to sell all of them on Ebay. All of the money we raise will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society."

Bids will begin at $55 for the autographed bobbleheads and $35 for the non-autographed model.

"We feel like Craig and his family are part of our Miracle family," said John Kuhn, who helped organize Sager's appearance at Hammond Stadium. "We wish them all the best and can't wait to see Craig back on the air soon!"

Bidding currently is open for the bobbleheads. For more information, visit www.miraclebaseball.com.

 
 

 

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