Salem added on to their lead in the fifth inning when Derrik Gibson led off the inning with a single. Vladimir Frias followed with a double to left field that scored Gibson for the second run of the game. Peter Hissey advanced Frias to third on an infield single and then stole a base. Jeremy Hazelbaker drove Frias in on another infield single to increase the lead to 3-0. Rodriguez sent a ball to deep left field that resulted in a sacrifice fly that scored Hissey to make it 4-0. Matt Spring capped off the inning on a base hit to left field that scored Hazelbaker which gave Salem a 5-0 cushing.
The comfortable lead did not last long as Frederick responded quickly in their half of the fifth inning. Steve Bumbry’s patience paid off as he led off with a walk. Garabez Rosa advanced Bumbry to second on an infield single. Kyle Hudson singled to left field which loaded the bases with nobody out. L.J. Hoes followed with an RBI fielder’s choice that scored Bumbry that put the Keys on the board 5-1. Tyler Townsend, Tyler Kolodny and Buck Britton followed with three consecutive singles that scored Rosa and Hoes to cut the deficit to 5-4. Bobby Stevens came into the game to pinch run for Britton. Brian Conley drove in the tying run on a fielder’s choice that scored Kolodny to tie it 5-5.
The Keys failed to score with two runners in scoring position as Rosa grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Mailman supplied the go-ahead run off Keys reliever Dan Klein on a solo home run to right field to make it 6-5.
The Keys presented themselves with an opportunity when Hudson drew a walk to begin the eighth. Hoes failed to advance the runner as he grounded out to short stop for the first out. Hudson swiped second and eventually advanced to third on a wild pitch. Townsend struck and Kolodny flied out respectfully to end the game and the chance of a comeback victory.
Game two featured a similar start as the Red Sox jumped out in front early with five runs in the first four innings.
Jeremy Hazelbaker doubled to left field to start the game for Salem. The right-fielder would score on a wild pitch from starter Bobby Bundy.
The Red Sox added to their lead in the second inning when David Mailman scored on a Shannon Wilkerson double to right field. Wilkerson eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 3-0.
The Keys had a rough fourth inning defensively as they committed three errors and gave up two more runs to the Red Sox.
Salem third baseman Kolbrin Vitek, who struck out four times combined in both games, tripled to center field on a well hit ball that sailed over the head of Kyle Hudson that scored Zach Gentile and Ronald Bermudez to make it 7-0 Salem. Vitek later scored on a RBI sacrifice fly to cap off the Red Sox scoring at 8-0.
Frederick would get their lone run of the game on a Dale Mollenhauer sac fly that scored Tyler Townsend to make it 8-1 Salem.
The Keys finished with three hits and three errors committed in game two and missed the presence of Jacob Julius, who is day to day with a wrist injury, after getting hit by a pitch Friday.
“The second game was kind of ugly offensively, defensively everything,” Said Keys manager Orlando Gomez after the double header sweep. “I saw that the first game set the tone for the second game.”
The tone Gomez referred to was when Salem jumped out early with a 5-0 lead in both games. The Keys manager also mentioned miss opportunities in each game offensively as a table setter for both games.
“The first game we should have won when we tied the game and had the bases loaded with no outs,” said Gomez. “We also had a runner on third base with nobody out and we could not put the ball in play that inning and that was big. The second game we were just flat.”
Keys game two starter Bobby Bundy left in the fourth inning with what was described as forearm tightness in his pitching arm.
“He threw a couple pitches to the last guy and I called in my trainer and said lets go over there [to the mound] and he had tightness in his forearm,” Gomez said.
The Keys manager added that the pitch count was another factor that led to his departure.
“He wanted to go but I said no because it’s a long season and he had already thrown over 65 pitches so there was so sense to leave him in there with the tightness in his forearm.”
Keys leadoff hitter Kyle Hudson has swung the bat well to start the season as he continued to show off his improved plate discipline and speed on the base paths. The Centerfielder discussed his strong start after game two.
“I’m just doing good and feeling more comfortable that’s the main thing,” Said Hudson. I think last year there were times where I couldn’t see the ball because I was worried about everything else, my hands, my feet and all that other stuff. I feel great and I am able to see the ball better off the pitcher’s hands and just getting a pitch to hit that’s the main thing.”
Hudson likes to be the table setter for the rest of the lineup and knows that it benefits him and the team.
“Definitely, I mean we have a pretty good order,” Hudson said. “If I get on base we have L.J [Hoes] hitting behind me, who is a great hitter, [Tyler] Townsend you have seen what he has done this year, Kolodny is hitting the ball well, so definitely I feel when I get on base that they are going to bring me in and I am not going to be stranded out there. I just want to get on base anyway I can whether it’s a walk or to force and an error from the other team.”
The Keys will host Potomac for three games. They were schedule to play this series on the road, but field conditions for the Potomac Nationals have prevented games there and instead will be played at Harry Grove Stadium. All tickets will be $5 for each game Monday through Wednesday and any children 17 or under will be free. First pitch for each game is at 1:00 P.M and the gates open at noon.