In a thrilling and high-scoring showdown in Lexington, the Frederick Baseball Club and the Counter Clocks battled until the very last out.
Right from the start, the Frederick came out swinging, putting five runs on the board in the first inning. Luke Becker grounded out, but Starlin Castro's single and Jose Marmolejos' double set the stage for Raudy Read, who delivered a clutch double of his own, scoring two runs. Craig Dedelow then drew a walk, and Leobaldo Cabrera and Steven Brault followed with a single and a double, respectively, bringing the lead to 5-0.
The Counter Clocks struggled to find their footing early on, failing to score in the first three innings. However, they managed to get on the board in the fifth when Mitch Ghelfi launched a solo home run, energizing the home crowd.
The Frederick Baseball Club responded in the top of the sixth, as Kole Cottam blasted a home run to extend the lead to 7-1. But the Counter Clocks were far from done. In the bottom half of the inning, they erupted for four runs, courtesy of a stolen base by JC Encarnacion and a home run from Thomas Dillard closing the gap to 7-3.
The seesaw battle continued in the seventh when the Frederick Baseball Club added two more runs, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Luke Becker and a fielding error by the Counter Clocks. However, the resilient home team had a huge inning of their own in the bottom half. A barrage of home runs by JC Encarnacion, Thomas Dillard, Connor Owings, and Hector Roa propelled the Counter Clocks into the lead, 9-8.
Not to be outdone, the Frederick Baseball Club fought back in the eighth, as Steven Brault scored on a sacrifice fly and Scott Kelly crossed home plate on a single by Jose Marmolejos. The game seemed destined for extra innings, but the Counter Clocks had other plans. In the bottom of the ninth, with the score at 10-9 in favor of Frederick, JC Encarnacion singled and stole second base. Thomas Dillard then came up clutch with a double, driving in the tying run. Moments later, Connor Owings and Hector Roa delivered back-to-back singles, securing an exhilarating 11-10 victory for the Counter Clocks.