Pelicans’ Buckel, Bell, Henry team up to two-hit Frederick

Myrtle Beach Pelicans ace Cody Buckel allowed only one hit and struck out eight batters in 6 1/3 innings and the Pelicans’ pitching staff combined for a two-hitter in Monday night’s 7-1 victory over the visiting Frederick Keys.

Buckel improved to 2-0 on the season and lowered his already miniscule ERA to 0.84. The 19-year-old appears to be on the fast track up the Texas Rangers’ minor-league ladder after an impressive start in  Class A Myrtle Beach.

Clinging to a 1-0 lead after three innings, the Pelicans broke the game open with five runs in the fourth, capped by Christian Villanueva’s three-run homer. He went 2-for-5 on the night and Brett Nicholas went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Buckel was relieved in the seventh by Chad Bell, who pitched 2/3 perfect innings before turning the ball over to Ben Henry. The Loris native made the home team and hometown crowd proud with two innings of one-hit baseball.

The Pelicans and Keys return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday at TicketReturn.com Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

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