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Frederick Rally Falls Just Short, Scrappers Win 7-6

June 4, 2021

By: JJ Michalski Frederick, MD – The Frederick Keys had a late inning rally fall short in the 9th inning of Friday night’s game against Mahoning Valley, losing the game 7-6. Dominique Collie started the Keys offense in the 1st inning leading off with a walk. He went on to

By: JJ Michalski

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Keys had a late inning rally fall short in the 9th inning of Friday night’s game against Mahoning Valley, losing the game 7-6.

Dominique Collie started the Keys offense in the 1st inning leading off with a walk. He went on to steal 2nd base scoring the first run of the game on a infield hit by JP Fullerton.

Mahoning Valley had a long 2nd inning against Keys starter Brock Gilliam. Gilliam finished his start throwing four innings allowing six hits and five earned runs. He walked one batter and struck out four. Jason Hinchman led off the inning with a single, reaching on a throwing error by Alex Ulloa. Ethan Kavanagh doubled home a pair to give Mahoning a 2-1 lead. Mathieu Vallee came up and roped a single into right field which scored two more and pushed the Scrappers lead to 4-1.

Ronan Kopp entered the game for the Keys in the 5th inning and worked three and two thirds of two run ball, although neither run was earned. Out of the bullpen, Kopp struck out a season high eight batters and allowed just one hit. Jarrod Belbin led off Kopp’s appearance with a double and a pair of wild pitches allowed Belbin and Tommy Benson to score.

The Keys big inning came in the 7th when they brought ten men to the plate. With two outs in the inning, Eddie McCabe got the rally started with a walk. Yareb Martinez, Dominique Collie and Hector G. Nieves all followed suit walking in their at bats with Drake Batcho.

Batcho threw two wild pitches which allowed McCabe and Martinez to score and cut the Scrappers lead 7-3. After a JP Fullerton walk, Nick Hernandez came up with the bases loaded as the tying run against Kerry White. Hernandez worked the count three balls and two strikes. He then ripped a ball through the hole on the left side, plating Collie and Nieves on the base hit. After entering the inning down six runs, the Keys cut the deficit to two stranding the bases loaded.

In the 8th, Kordell brown led off with a walk. Once again, McCabe followed putting the tying run on first base. Martinez was then struck out but Parker Weddle who earned a two inning save in the contest. Collie reached on a fielders choice, eliminating McCabe on the base paths and representing the tying run at first. Nieves came to the plate and delivered his biggest hit of the season to date, a single into right field. Brown scored but Collie was held at third, threatened by the arm of Bobby Sparling. The Keys would end the 8th trailing 7-6, stranding the tying run at third.

Frederick is back in action on Saturday night against West Virginia at 6 PM. Frederick will host fireworks after the game presented by Vet Urgency. Single game tickets are available online at FrederickKeys.com. For more information on the Frederick Keys please contact JJ Michalski at [email protected].