Plating a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Salem High School baseball team clipped Mountain Grove 4-3 in SCA action Thursday, April 11 at the Salem High Field.
Salem also clipped Mountain View Liberty 2-1 at home Monday, April 8 in SCA play.
The wins improved Salem’s record to 4-6 overall and 3-0 in SCA play.
Salem 4, Mtn. Grove 3 (8 inn.)
The host Tigers opened the scoring with a run in the third and the Mountain Grove Panthers tied things up 1-1 in the top of the fourth frame.
Salem tallied two runs in the fifth inning to make it 3-1. And Mountain Grove again pulled even with two runs in the sixth. Neither team scored in the seventh to force extra innings.
Salem outhit Mountain Grove 8-6 and was able to produce enough offense to overcome four errors in the field.
Freshman Garrett Connell had double, single, two runs scored and an RBI for the Tigers while junior Reese Dodson had a hit, run scored and RBI; senior Boone Schrader had a hit and RBI; junior Silas Wulff had a hit and scored a run, and senior Noah Leathers, senior Jordan Shults and sophomore Eli Wethy each had a hit.
Schrader and Connell each scored a run.
Sophomore Kody Crocker was the starting pitcher for the Tigers, working six innings and scattering three runs – two earned – on five hits and no walks while fanning three. Junior Brett Fore pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the victory, allowing one hit and no walks.
Mountain Grove won the junior varsity game 18-11.
The Salem JV squad, now 3-3, took a 7-1 edge after the first inning. The JV Panthers got three runs in the second inning, one in each of the third and fourth and erupted for 12 runs in the fifth inning to pull away. Salem added two runs in the second and fourth frames.
Each JV team had 11 hits.
Luke Morrison went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI for the Salem JV team while Dawson Dittman had a two-run double.
Salem 2, MV Liberty 1
Schrader pitched a complete-game gem for the Tigers. Schrader allowed just one earned run on three hits and no walks over seven innings, striking out eight.
Each team had just three hits.
Salem got a run in the bottom of the first inning and scored what proved to be the winning run in the third.
It stayed 2-0 until Liberty got an unearned run in the sixth.
Schrader’s pitching allowed Salem to overcome three fielding errors.
Schrader also helped himself at the plate with a double, a sacrifice fly and also scored a run on Leathers’ RBI. Schrader also stole two bases while Dodson and Jimmy Barton each stole one each.
Dodson and Wulff had the other Salem hits.
In a wild JV game Salem pulled out a 12-11 victory. The Salem JV team scored two runs in each of the first and second innings and ended its scoring with a three-run eighth inning. Liberty got eight runs in the second inning and three in the fifth.
Morrison was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI. Josh Arzt pitched three innings and struck out seven and Korben Barred got the final out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, fanning the final batter.