FREDERICK, MD., JUNE 26 -- Frederick pitcher Chuck Ricci threw a three-hitter and the Keys' offense contributed with a five-run third inning to enable Frederick to regain a share of first place in the Carolina League's Northern Division with a 5-0 victory tonight over Prince William before 2,831 at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick and Prince William both are 3-2 in the season's second half.

Ricci (5-8, 4.73 ERA) allowed one hit in seven innings before giving up two singles in the eighth. He struck out six and walked one, going the distance for the second time this season.

Other than the third inning, in which he allowed five runs and five hits, Ed Martel (4-9) was effective in pitching a complete game for the Cannons. He gave up two hits in the other seven innings. But Frederick shelled Martel by batting around in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead.

Left fielder Pat Hedge led off with a walk, followed by a single down the left-field line by second baseman Keith Kessinger. Hedge scored on a hit-and-run bloop single to right by Ricky Gutierrez as Kessinger stopped at third. After Dan Berthel popped out, third baseman Tim Holland hit an RBI single to right.

Designated hitter Tyrone Kingwood then beat out shortstop Dave Silvestri's throw to load the bases with one out. Mike Richardson hit a grounder to shortstop to score Gutierrez, followed by Mike Lehman's double down the left field line that cleared the bases and increased the Keys' advantage to 5-0. Roy Gilbert grounded out to end the inning.