Even four games into a season, atonement can be appreciated in minor league baseball.
Chattanooga outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker drew a clap of frustration from Lookouts manager Razor Shines in the first inning of Sunday's game at AT&T Field, when he made a base-running gaffe after stealing second. By the eighth inning, however, Hazelbaker was receiving a slap on the rear from Shines after reaching third on a game-tying triple.
Daniel Mayora followed Hazelbaker's shot to right-center with a two-run home run to left-center as the Lookouts rallied past Jackson 5-3 to square the season-opening series at two games apiece.
"He's an intense manager, and everybody loves playing for him," Hazelbaker said. "We lost a chance early with me being on second with one out to take an early lead, and luckily that didn't come back to bite us in the butt. It's a lot of emotion coming out of him, and we try and give it back."
Jackson entered the bottom of the eighth leading 3-2 and had former Cleveland State and Tennessee Tech pitcher Stephen Pryor on the mound. Pryor, a Ringgold, Ga., resident who pitched in seven games last season for the Seattle Mariners, walked the first two batters but then got Darnell Sweeney to ground into a double play.
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David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...