FREDERICK, MD. - Willy Yahn and J.C. Escarra gave the Frederick Keys (17-17) walk-off wins in both games of the doubleheader against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (16-20) on Saturday night at Nymeo Field. After an outstanding Carolina League debut for Blaine Knight, Yahn knocked a single up the middle that kicked-off the second base bag and scored the winning run to give the Keys a 3-2 victory. In game two, after Cole Billingsley tied the game on an RBI double and advanced to third on the throw home, Escarra launched a deep fly ball to center field to win it 3-2. The Keys now move to .500 for the first time this season, winning four of their 17 victories in their final at-bats.
In game one, Knight ran into Seth Beer who hit a solo home run in the first inning to put Fayetteville on top 1-0. That was the lone blemish for Knight who went head-to-head with Parker Mushinski for six innings. Knight gave up just a pair of hits and one walk while striking out five over six frames.
Mushinski ran into trouble in the fifth inning, allowing singles to Will Robertson and Jean Carrillo to lead off the frame. Sean Miller laid down a sacrifice bunt down, but Mushinski's throw was off-line. With the bases loaded, Yeltsin Gudino singled in a run and Kirvin Moesquit followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Keys a 2-1 lead.
The Woodpeckers came back in the seventh and took advantage of a throwing error from Jomar Reyes that put runners at the corner. Corey Julks tied the game 2-2 on a sacrifice fly.
Robertson led off the bottom of the inning with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Miller struck out, Tanner Duncan (0-1) walked the next two batters to load the bases for Yahn, who singled in the winning run to take game one 3-2.
Diogenes Almengo (2-1) earned the win after throwing an inning where he walked two, struck out one and gave up the tying run.
In game two, David Lebron was solid through three innings but allowed a two-out, two-run home run from Jonathan Arauz in the fourth to give Fayetteville a 2-0 lead. Lebron was finished after four innings and allowed two hits, two runs, three walks while striking out six.
Stuart Levy led off the fifth inning by drawing a walk and Gudino followed with a single to put runners on first and second for Billingsley. The Alabama native lined a double into left field that initially scored both runners but because the ball rolled out of play, Gudino was called back to third base and the game held at 2-1 Woodpeckers. The Keys were unable to score the tying run in the inning.
It was Gudino who singled and scored on Billingsley's second double of the night to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh inning. That set up the Escarra sacrifice fly to win it.
Matthias Dietz (1-3) got his first win of the season after holding the Woodpeckers hitless through three innings, walking just two batters while striking out a pair. Willy Collado (0-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits and a walk.
The Keys wrap up their three-game set against the Woodpeckers on Sunday, May 12 with first pitch at 1:00 p.m. RHP Cody Sedlock (2-0, 1.95 ERA) takes the mound of Frederick opposite RHP Chad Donato (3-3, 5.18 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 12:45 p.m. on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app.
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