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Morimando strong in win over Frederick

Mudcats starter Shawn Mormando (2-0, 2.45) looked sharp on Sunday, allowing just one run in six innings of work.

Morimando strong in win over Frederick
Carolina Mudcats designated hitter Alex Monsalve (30) drove in a season-high three runs after going 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's 6-1 victory over the Keys.
April 21, 2014
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ZEBULON, NC — Shawn Morimando looked stout over six innings as the Carolina Mudcats beat the Frederick Keys 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Alex Monsalve drove in a season-high three runs and the Mudcats (9-7) snapped the Keys’ winning streak at four games.  

Morimando (2-0) held Frederick (7-9) to one run on six hits. The left-hander was locked in from the opening pitch as he struck out five without a walk. His only blemish was a solo home run by Creede Simpson with two out in the fourth.

Parker Bridwell (0-2) was spotty in the losing decision for Frederick. The right-hander allowed four runs on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

The Mudcats took a lead they would never surrender in the first inning. Todd Hankins reached to begin the inning after he was plunked on the shoulder. A walk to Ollie Linton moved Hankins to second and a double-steal positioned both at third and second. Anthony Gallas bounced out to second, allowing Hankins across home for a 1-0 lead.

Torsten Boss walked to begin the second inning and scored when Charlie Valerio roped a double into the right field corner.

After Simpson’s homer cut the lead to one, the Mudcats went to work in against Bridwell in the fifth. Linton singled with one out and scored on a double by Anthony Gallas with two away. Alex Monsalve scored Gallas on a ground ball just beyond the reach of shortstop Adrian Marin.

Leading 4-1 in the seventh, Carolina put the final touches on the scoring with a two-run double by Monsalve.

The Mudcats finish their series against the Friday Keys with a doubleheader on Monday. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Gates open at 4:30. Right-hander Michael Peoples will start game one, followed by southpaw Ryan Merritt in game two. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (919) 269-2287 or by logging on to carolinamudcats.com.

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