FREDERICK, MD., SEPT. 7 -- The Frederick Keys somehow overcame their glaring deficiencies and stormed past the Kinston Indians, 7-5, tonight before 4,119 at Harry Grove Stadium to capture their first Carolina League championship.

The Keys' pitching struggled all evening and the defense committed four errors to spot Kinston a five-run lead by the top of the third inning.

"I had a meeting with my offense after the second inning," said Keys Manager Wally Moon, "and I told them they were too tentative. This isn't the best pitching we've seen, so I told them to have fun and get their rips in."

As it did most of the season, Frederick's offense responded by stringing together timely hits.

Tim Holland's three-run homer in the sixth inning off Indians starter Oscar Munoz (7-1) was the biggest blow.

"In my previous at-bats I was swinging too hard," he said. "This time I just went up there and relaxed."

"Hopefully it will show the organization I can hit the ball and I won't be here next year."

Holland definitely impressed his bosses: He and his teammates will travel to Baltimore Saturday to be honored at Memorial Stadium prior to the Orioles' game against the California Angels.

"This means an awful lot to the Orioles organization," said Moon. "Everyone is excited, from {General Manager} Roland Hemond on down, because this is the result of good scouting and good coaching and hard work."

With Frederick trailing by 5-2 in the sixth, Tony Beasley hit a fly over the head of center fielder Nolan Lane for a triple. One out later Tyrone Kingwood, who hit only .158 in the five-game series, scored Beasley with a single to left.

Mel Wearing then ripped a single to left, prompting the Kinston dugout to sent out a coach to the mound. Munoz promptly struck out Pete Rose for the second out, then offered a fastball that he will forever wish he could take back. Holland sent it long and high over the left-center field wall for a 6-5 lead.

Brad Gilbert led off the seventh with a walk and stole second. One out later, Beasley hit a roller to third that Jim Thome misplayed. Gilbert got caught at third on a double steal, but Ricky Gutierrez singled home Beasley.

The Keys weren't as fortunate in the early innings. Frederick's pregame confidence was quickly deflated as the Keys committed four errors in the first two innings and gave up a three-run homer to trail by five.

Kinston opened the scoring in the first inning when Jesse Levis hit a two-out roller over first base and under Wearing's glove for a double. Tim Costo followed with a lazy chopper to shortstop that Gutierrez fumbled before tossing wildly to first, allowing Levis to score the game's first run.

The Keys committed three errors in the second inning. Marc Tepper hit a hard chopper between the mound and first that pitcher Chuck Ricci grabbed. But the ball squirmed out of his glove for the first miscue.

Lane followed with a single to left. Tracy Sanders then put down a sacrifice toward the mound. But Ricci booted the ball -- right off catcher Mike Lehman's shin guard to load the bases.

Brian Johnson than squibbed a ball in front of the plate. Lehman grabbed it, stepped on the plate for one out and fired in an attempt to complete the double play. But the throw was low and Wearing mishandled it for the third error and second unearned run of the game.

In the third the Keys were almost written off.

Thome led off the inning with a single to right. Levis also lined a single to right, bringing up Costo. Costo, who homered in Game 4, hammered Ricci's pitch to left-center; it hit off the top of the wall before going over for the home run.