FREDERICK, MD- The Frederick Keys (15-22) scored three times in the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat the Potomac Nationals (22-15) 8-6 on Sunday afternoon at Nymeo Field. In the game, the Nationals made six errors and the Keys scored seven unearned runs.
After Potomac took a lead in the top of the eighth, the Keys scored three times to take the late lead. Wilson Garcia reached on an error with one out, and Collin Woody followed with a double. Garcia then scored on a wild pitch. After a Yojhan Quevedo ground out, Chris Clare walked with two outs. That brought up Alejandro Juvier , who singled to right for the Keys seventh run. Ryan McKenna then smacked a single to score Clare, making it 8-6 Keys.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when the two teams exchanged single markers. Ian Sagdal led off the inning with a double, and advanced to third on a Jake Noll groundout. Alex Keller then hit a sacrifice fly to score Sagdal.
In the bottom of the frame, the Keys scored their run thanks to two errors by the Nationals. With two outs, Juvier singled and advanced to second on a throwing error from Edwin Lora. McKenna then singled to move Juvier to third. He would score when Noll dropped a pop up off the bat of Cole Billingsley .
Potomac scored in the top of the fifth on a pair of doubles. Bryan Mejia led off the frame with a two-bagger, and scored on an Edwin Lora double.
The Keys would answer with a run in the bottom of the inning. After Jake Ring walked, Garcia reached on a fielder's choice. He moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then to third on Noll's second error. Garcia would score on a Quevedo sacrifice fly to make it 2-2.
Frederick took their first lead in the sixth. McKenna singled, and Billingsley launched his second home run of the year. Two batters later, Ring singled and then came around to score on a single by Garcia and an error by left-fielder Jack Sundberg.
The Nationals responded with three runs of their own in the seventh. Sundberg and Lora singled, and then Sundberg scored on a Blake Perkins base hit. Carter Kieboom then grounded out to first to score Lora, and Sagdal singled in Perkins to tie the game at five.
In the eighth, Tres Barrera doubled, and was replaced by pinch runner Jakson Reetz. Reetz then scored on a Mejia RBI double to give the Nationals the lead before the Keys half of the eighth.
Elvis Araujo (2-0) earned the win for the Keys in relief. He gave up one run in an inning of work and struck out two. Gabe Klobosits (1-1) took the loss for the Nationals. Steven Klimek picked up his first save of the year by closing out the ninth inning.
After a scheduled off day on Monday, the Keys will travel to Lynchburg to face the Hillcats. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (1-3, 5.04) makes the start for the Keys. He will be opposed by Hillcats right-hander Micah Miniard (0-1, 5.16). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and can e heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
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