LYNCHBURG, VA -The Lynchburg Hillcats (2-1) utilized two big innings to post a 7-1 victory over the Frederick Keys (1-2) and earn a Carolina League co-championship on Saturday Night at City Stadium. This season, the Hillcats will share the title with the Down East Wood Ducks, champions of the CL South.
Lynchburg plated four runs in the bottom of the third inning, thanks in part to two Keys errors. Following a double by Ka'ai Tom and a walk, Jomar Reyes committed an error to load up the bases. Reid Love countered with a strikeout, but Gavin Collins hit a two-run single. A second miscue by Shane Hoelscher then allowed Mitch Longo to reach, before Martin Cervenka drove home a pair with a double. Due to the errors three of the four runs were unearned.
In the sixth, the Hillcats plated three more. Back-to-back singles by Connor Marabell and Sicnarf Loopstok and a walk loaded the bases for Lynchburg with two outs. A passed ball then brought a run home, before a Willi Castro single made it a 7-0 game.
Frederick was limited to only two hits on the game, both courtesy of Chris Clare , who singled in the sixth and doubled in the ninth. Ademar Rifaela brought home the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the final inning.
Adam Plutko (1-0) earned the win, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out two. Love (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs (one earned) on five hits in five innings. The former East Carolina product walked two and struck out three.
The Frederick Keys concluded their regular season with a 68-71 record, including a 37-33 figure in the second-half.
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