Prince William tops Keys, 2-0, in 10 innings Minor leagues

FREDERICK — FREDERICK -- The second-half troubles of the Frederick Keys continued last night at Grove Stadium.

This time, they wasted one of their most effective pitching performances of the season and lost a 10-inning, 2-0 decision to the Prince William Cannons in a Carolina League game.


Frederick starter Eric Estes allowed only one hit and one walk in his seven innings and pitched out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the sixth by striking out the side.

But Estes left with nothing better than a scoreless tie because Yates Hall (1-6 with a 5.74 ERA entering the game) was just as stingy, permitting only two hits in 6 1/3 innings.


Pitching's domination persisted with left-handers Radhames Dykhoff of the Keys and Kevin McNeill of the Cannons in the game.

But in the 10th, William Ortega doubled to knock out Dykhoff and Keys closer Francis Hernandez struggled badly, issuing a walk, a run-scoring single to Jason Woolf and a sacrifice fly to Stubby Clapp.

That was plenty for Prince William's Travis Welch (3-4), who finished with two perfect innings.

Keys' pitchers amassed 15 strikeouts, but the offense (minus top hitter Rick Short, who was in Rochester) mustered only a double by Eddy Martinez and a single by Jason LeCronier.

Frederick (4-15 in the second half of season) has lost eight to Prince William, including five at home.

Pub Date: 7/11/97