Frederick Stuns Gastonia with Late-Inning Comeback in Atlantic League

In a thrilling Atlantic League matchup, the Frederick Keys rallied from behind to beat the Gastonia Honey Hunters 7-6 on Saturday night. The Keys, down by four runs in the eighth inning, staged an impressive comeback to secure the win in the ninth inning.


The game started slowly, with both teams struggling to score runs in the early innings. However, the Honey Hunters broke the deadlock in the fourth inning, scoring two runs to take the lead. They extended their lead in the sixth inning, scoring three more runs to make it 5-0.

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The Keys finally got on the board in the seventh inning, scoring two runs to cut the deficit to three. However, the Honey Hunters responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring another run to make it 6-2.

With time running out, the Keys mounted a fierce comeback in the eighth inning. They scored four runs to tie the game, with a clutch two-run double from first baseman Mason Williams being the highlight of the inning.

The Honey Hunters had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the eighth, but the Keys’ defense held firm to keep the game tied. In the ninth inning, the Keys completed their comeback with a go-ahead RBI single from left fielder J.C. Escarra.

The Honey Hunters had one last chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but the Keys’ closer, Diogenes Almengo, shut them down to secure the win for Frederick.

Keys Manager Praises Team’s Resilience After Impressive Comeback

After the game, Frederick Keys manager Ryan Minor praised his team’s resilience and fighting spirit. “That was an incredible comeback from our guys,” he said. “We were down by four runs in the eighth inning, but we never gave up. We kept fighting and tied the game, and then we got the go-ahead run in the ninth inning. It was a fantastic team effort.”

Minor also singled out the performances of Mason Williams and J.C. Escarra, who were instrumental in the Keys’ comeback. “Mason and J.C. were both outstanding tonight,” he said. “Mason’s two-run double in the eighth inning gave us the momentum we needed, and J.C.’s go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning was clutch. They both showed great composure under pressure.”

This is a significant boost for the Keys, who have struggled in the early part of the season. They currently sit in sixth place in the Atlantic League’s South Division, with a record of 9-12. However, the win over the Honey Hunters could be a turning point for the team, providing the momentum they need to climb up the standings.

The Keys will look to build on their impressive comeback win when they take on the Honey Hunters again on Sunday afternoon. They hope to continue their solid offensive performance and get another win under their belts.

Overall, the game between the Frederick Keys and the Gastonia Honey Hunters was a thrilling and entertaining contest, with plenty of drama and excitement. The Keys’ impressive comeback was a testament to their resilience and fighting spirit and showed that they could be a force to be reckoned with in the Atlantic League.

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