Freshman shortstop Landon Richter

Freshman shortstop Landon Richter tosses to first in hopes of a double play Friday in Salem’s 6-1 win over Sullivan in the Salem Tournament.

Salem has been seeded fourth for the Missouri Class 4 District 9 Tournament, to be held Friday-May 18 at the Sullivan Bank Ball Park in Sullivan.

Owensville is the top-seed for District 9, while St. Clair is seeded No. 2, Sullivan No. 3, Salem No. 4 and St. James No. 5.

In the first-round game Friday, Salem plays St. James at 5 p.m.

In semifinal games Saturday, St. Clair meets Sullivan at 1 p.m., while Owensville takes on the Salem/St. James winner at 3:30 p.m.

The championship game is set for 5 p.m. May 18.

The District 9 champion will meet the District 10 champion in sectional playoff action May 25. Schools in District 10 include Springfield Catholic, Mountain Grove, Buffalo, Logan-Rogersville and Ava.

The District 9/District 10 sectional survivor moves on to Class 4 Quarterfinal play May 27 against either the District 11 or District 12 champion.

Salem, 9-13, is scheduled to end the regular season this week at Union Tuesday (4:30 p.m.).

Salem Tournament

The host Tigers took third place in the six-school Salem Tournament, held Thursday and Friday at the Salem High Field.

The Tigers opened play in the tourney Thursday by blasting Licking 18-4. In the second round Friday Salem lost to Pacific 5-2. And in the third-place game Salem defeated Sullivan 6-1.

St. Clair won the tournament championship, going 3-0. St. Clair shut out Sullivan 8-0, got past Waynesville 11-4 and in the championship game topped Pacific 5-3. Pacific finished 2-1, beating Licking 14-13 and Salem.

All-Tourney Team: St. Clair’s Landon Roberts was named the tourney’s MVP. Also on the all-tournament team were Baylor Petty and Garrett Connell of Salem; Anthony Broeker, Cole Venable and Joseph Rego of St. Clair; Jack Meyer, Stephen Loeffel and Carter Myers of Pacific; J.D. McReynolds and Jacob Brooks of Sullivan; Hunter Poole of Waynesville, and Malachi Antle of Licking.

Salem 6, Sullivan 1: Salem took the lead for keeps with three runs in the top of the third inning. The Sullivan Eagles got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame.

The Tigers added a run in the third, making it 4-1. Salem ended the scoring with two more runs in the fifth.

Each team had seven hits.

Josh Arzt highlighted the Tiger offense, clubbing a two-run home run and scoring twice. Also for the Tigers, Haiden Sanders had an RBI double; Petty, Connell and James Barton each had a hit and RBI, and Kody Crocker and Kaiden DuBois each had a hit.

Connell went the distance on the mound, allowing one earned run on seven hits and two walks while fanning eight.

Pacific 5, Salem 2: The Pacific Indians erupted for four runs in the top of the second inning, which would prove to be enough against the sloppy Tigers.

Salem got a run in the bottom of the second and Pacific made it 5-1 with a run in the fourth. The Tigers added one more in the sixth.

The Tigers outhit Pacific 7-5 but committed four errors.

Elijah Wethy had a double, single and run scored for the Tigers while Petty had two hits; Crocker a hit and run; Arzt and Collin Heavin each had a hit, and Andrew Christesen an RBI.

Crocker was the starting and losing pitcher, working six innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five. Isaac Westerman threw the final inning of hitless ball.

Salem 18, Licking 4: It was all Tigers, who outhit the Licking Wildcats 15-4. Licking also committed four errors and walked six Salem batters.

It was Licking which struck first, taking a 4-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the opening inning and three more in the second.

However, the Tigers took control with a seven-run third inning, followed by six more runs in the fourth and five in the sixth.

Connell had a huge game with a homer, double, single, five RBI and three runs scored.

Also for the Tigers, Petty was 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI; Korben Barred two hits, two runs scored and two RBI; Crocker two hits, two runs and RBI; Arzt an RBI double and two runs scored; Wethy a hit, run and RBI; Heavin a hit and two runs, and Sanders a hit and run.

Petty was the winning pitcher, working five innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks while fanning nine. Barred finished up the sixth frame on the mound.