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Keys Outhit Black Bears, Lose Series Finale 9-4

June 6, 2021

By: JJ Michalski Frederick, MD – The Frederick Keys were defeated by the West Virginia Black Bears by a final score of 9-4 on Sunday afternoon at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. The Keys, who tallied eight hits in the contest, out hit their opponent for just the second

By: JJ Michalski

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Keys were defeated by the West Virginia Black Bears by a final score of 9-4 on Sunday afternoon at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium.

The Keys, who tallied eight hits in the contest, out hit their opponent for just the second time in 2021. Will Stevens started the game on the mound for Frederick working three strong innings, getting all nine outs via strikeouts. He stranded the bases loaded in the 2nd inning and the game headed into the 5th inning scoreless.

In his second inning of work, Luke Anderson suffered a lead off single to Amari Bartee. Bartee then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Rene Lastres. Bartee would come home to score on a fielders choice hit to second base by Jeron Williams. Eddie McCabe made a great play to keep the ball on the infield, but his throw home was not in time to get Bartee at home. The Black Bears added two more runs in the inning on wild pitches by Anderson to take a 3-0 lead.

Frederick came out in the bottom of the 5th inning looking for answers after four innings of two hit ball by West Virginia’s starter, Carlos Lomeli. Ethan Sund entered the game to face Rene Lastres, who launched the first pitch of the 5th inning over the left field wall for his second homer of the season. Alex Ulloa came to the plate with one out and lined a double to left field, bringing the tying run to the plate. McCabe then walked on a ball down in the dirt leaving runners at first and third. Yareb Martinez, who finished the day three for three with a walk, reached on an infield single scoring Ulloa. The Keys would strand the tying run at second base and head to the 6th trailing 3-2.

In the 7th, the Black Bears wreaked havoc again as Christian Lucio drew a lead off walk and then stole both second and third base. Lucio was singled home by Ranko Stevanovich. Cooper Swanson, who reached base five times in the game, was hit by a pitch. A ball hit by Jake Reinhardt that appeared to be foul down the third base line was ruled fair bringing home two runners and Reinhardt pulled into third with a 6-3 Black Bears lead.

The Keys had answers in the 7th as McCabe singled to start the rally. Yareb Martinez followed with a single of his own and pulled into second base on an error by Jesse Pierce in right field. Dominique Collie drew a walk to load the bases for newcomer Brendan Tinsman. Tinsman dribbled a ball out in front of home plate, which was picked up by Luke Summers who dove to tag McCabe out before he could touch home. Anthony Herron Jr. followed the great play with a single scoring two runs and putting the Keys behind 6-4.

In the 9th inning, Kamron Fields worked hard to retire the side. Long at bats for Stevanovich, Swanson and Reinhardt left runners on first and second as Kevin Dowdell came up with two outs. Dowdell launched a 3-2 pitch to center field that carried over the wall for a three-run home run, to put the nail in Frederick’s coffin.

The Keys pitching staff combined for 17 strikeouts establishing a new team high in 2021. The Keys hit the road for a three game series against the Trenton Thunder on Tuesday. Frederick returns home for a weekend series against Mahoning Valley this Friday. Single game tickets are available online at FrederickKeys.com. For more information on the Frederick Keys please contact JJ Michalski at [email protected].