By Gary Demski
FREDERICK, MD -- After securing the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region XX Division II Tournament on Saturday, Frederick baseball won a thriller on Sunday afternoon by the score of 4-3 over Montgomery College, thanks to a walk-off homer by Eric Naylor on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the ninth. The victory gave Cougars' head coach Rodney Bennett his 600th career victory.
Frederick (28-13, 14-4 MD JUCO) has won seven straight and eight of ten.
It was Naylor's seventh homer of the season. He continues to play well, sporting a .403 batting average on the year.
The Cougars jumped on the board in the bottom of the second as Mitch Long pulled a solo homer over the right field fence. Montgomery College took the lead late in the game 3-1. It was Long's third homer on the year.
The Cougars would not go away quietly. Frederick second baseman, Hayden Kissel, hit a two-run homer over the left field fence to knot the game up at three in the bottom of the sixth.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth the momentum swung the Cougars' way. Naylor stepped to the plate leading off the inning and on the first pitch of the at-bat, scorched a homer into the trees to straight away center.
Starting pitcher Chris Altopiedi tossed seven strong innings and earned a no-decision in the game. The lefty battled all day, striking out 10 batters.
Colby Maun came in out of the bullpen and pitched two innings to earn his first collegiate victory on the hill.