WINSTON-SALEM, NC-Collin Woody hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to lift the Frederick Keys to a 6-5 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash in extra innings on Wednesday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. A game that went 11 innings and 3 hours and 36 minutes, it marked Frederick's third extra-inning victory this year and first on the road.
After neither side scored in the 10th inning, the Keys took the lead for good in the 11th. Starting with a runner at second under the new MiLB extra-inning rules, Woody came to bat with one out against Devan Watts. Going to a 1-2 count, the former UNC-Greensboro product hit a two-run homer onto the outfield berm. Overall, Woody finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
Winston-Salem managed a run in their half of the inning on an RBI single by Luis Gonzalez and nearly tied the game after a Ti'Quan Forbes triple off Isaac Silva , but Gavin Sheets grounded out to end the game.
Holding a 4-0 lead going to the bottom of the ninth, the Dash tied things up against Elvis Araujo . A hit-by-pitch and two singles loaded the bases for former Key, Yermin Mercedes, who came on to pinch hit. He hit a sac-fly to left to get the Dash on the board, while Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to right to tie the game.
The Keys scored twice in the third and twice more in the seventh off Dash starter Kyle Kubat. Back-to-back doubles by T.J. Nichting and Woody made it 1-0 Frederick, while Chris Clare added a third two batters later. In the seventh, Woody singled home Jomar Reyes from second and Stuart Levy added an RBI double down the leftfield line.
Making his 18th start of the season, Alex Wells turned in one of his best outings of the year, tossing seven shutout frames of eight-hit baseball. He walked one and struck out three.
Silva (1-1) earned the win, allowing one unearned run on three hits in 2.2 innings. He walked two and struck out one. Watts (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) in the 11th. He walked one and struck out one.
On Thursday the Keys go for a series sweep of the Dash. Right-hander Michael Baumann (5-2, 3.67) starts for Frederick and will be opposed by Winston-Salem right-hander Blake Battenfield (3-1, 4.11). First pitch is at 7:00 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and TuneIn.
Following a six-game roadtrip the Keys return to Nymeo Field from July 31-August 2 when the Potomac Nationals visit for three games. Highlights include a Flying Dog Beer Dinner and Super Splash Day. For ticket information, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9900 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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