The Frederick Keys crushed the K-Tribe 13-1 Friday night in Frederick, Maryland. K-Tribe starter Steven Wright (1-2) was touched up for 11 earned runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings. Wright walked four men and hit two batters as he battled with his control all night. The first seven men the Keys sent up to the plate reached safely in Fredericks seven run first inning, as the Keys batted around in both the first and second frames. T.J. Burton took over for Wright in the bottom of the second, but his first pitch was hit out of the park by Mark Fleisher. Frederick took a 12-0 lead after two innings and never looked back.
The K-Tribe tallied their only run of the game in the fifth inning, when Jose Constanza drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Kinston managed just two hits in the defeat. Frederick’s David Hernandez (7-10) took the win for the Keys, going seven innings and giving up just three hits.
The K-Tribe returns to Frederick on Saturday for game two of the three game series. Josh Tomlin is the scheduled starter for Kinston, game time 6:30 pm.