The Frederick Keys finished their season with a pair of wins Monday, beating Potomac 7-6 in the conclusion of Sunday's suspended game and then clobbering the P-Nats 16-5 in the season finale.
The Keys (27-43, 61-78) set a season-high in runs scored in Monday's regularly scheduled game and matched their season-high mark for hits, 20, in a game. Monday's starter Tim Berry (11-7) picked up his 11th win of the season, tying for the Carolina League lead, after allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks in six innings. He struck out three.
Frederick rallied from behind to win Sunday's suspended game, taking the lead for the final time on Sammie Starr's two-run homer.
Keys catcher Michael Ohlman, who did not play in either game Monday, locked up the Carolina League batting title with a .313 average and set the Keys' record for slugging percentage in a season at .524. He leads Carolina's Joey Wendle, whose Mudcats play tonight, by 11 points for the slugging crown in the Carolina League.
Frederick wasted little time in their scheduled game Monday, plating four runs in the first inning and then seven more in the fourth in front of 4,829 at Harry Grove Stadium. The Keys sent eight batters to the plate against Potomac starter Brett Mooneyham in the first inning, Zane Chavez driving in two runs on a bloop single and Allan de San Miguel slugging a two-run homer to give Frederick a 4-0 lead.
Mooneyham (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on eight hits and four walks in 3.1 innings.
Potomac scored a run in the fourth on Kevin Keyes' two-out single, but the Keys responded with seven in the bottom half of the frame. Ten Frederick batters combined for six hits and two walks in the inning, Chavez hitting his second two-run single of the game to start the scoring. Michael Mosby then singled home a run, Jerome Pena doubled home two, de San Miguel doubled home another and Jason Esposito drove home the final run of the inning.
The Keys stretched their lead to 14-1 in the fifth, Mosby hitting a two-out three run homer. Potomac scored twice in the top of the sixth in Berry's final inning but the Keys matched the P-Nats, scoring runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single from Jason Esposito.
Potomac scored twice more in the eighth to set the final score at 16-5.
Chavez finished 4-for-6 with four RBIs, Davis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, Esposito went 3-for-5 and drove in two, and four other Keys had two hits, including Mosby, who drove in four runs.
Monday's crowd pushed Frederick's season attendance to 324,311, the highest in the league and the highest for the club since 1994. This season's figure is the fourth highest in 25 seasons of Keys baseball.
The Keys won their suspended game from Sunday thanks largely to Starr clubbing a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. The game went into rain delay in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday with the Keys trailing 4-3, Zane Chavez batting, no outs and a 3-0 count against Potomac reliever Rafael Martin. After 31 minutes of rainfall, the game was suspended.
Starr's two-run shot, his sixth homer of the season, was the seventh lead change of the game, which lasted two hours and 57 minutes over two days. Upon resuming the contest, the Keys scored a pair of runs, one scoring on a throwing error and another on Jason Esposito's sacrifice fly, putting Frederick ahead 5-4.
Two more Potomac runs in the seventh put the P-Nats back on top, four singles culminating in Kevin Keyes' two-run knock in the center. Starr then set the final score, Matt Price picking up his second save of the season in the ninth, despite allowing the first two batters to reach.
Jesse Beal (3-1) earned the win, throwing two innings and allowing two runs, despite surrendering the lead. Brian Rauh (4-2) took the loss after giving up Starr's homer.
A leadoff walk led to the Keys' first run of the game Sunday night, Trent Mummey giving Frederick a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Mummey took first on a 3-2 pitch that was low and inside, stole second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on Michael Ohlman's two-out single to center.
A pair of two-out walks loaded the bases for the Nationals in the third and they took a 2-1 lead on Kevin Keyes' single, but Frederick matched Potomac's pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. With runners on first and second, Baltimore Oriole Ryan Flaherty, who's playing with the Keys this series before being recalled to Baltimore, lined a single into left field, P-Nats left fielder Brandon Miller booted the ball allowing both runs to score and Flaherty to advance to second. He was stranded at third with the Keys leading 3-2.
Potomac tied the game in the next half inning, Randolph Oduber's double off the right field wall bring home Justin Miller from second base, and took the lead, 4-3, on Brandon Miller's leadoff solo homer in the sixth.
Keys starter Trent Howard pitched four innings, allowed five hits, three runs and walked two while fanning five. P-Nats starter Paul Demny pitched five innings, allowed four hits, three runs, walked three and struck out six.