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March 30, 2012

Salem takes down Spartans

WALTONVILLE — Salem’s baseball team scored 11 runs in the first three innings against Waltonville/Sesser-Valier on Friday and won 12-4.

“The only thing I’ve asked these kids to do every day is just get better every time that you step on the field, and I believe today that we learned something and we got better,” Spartans coach Andy Janello said.

Salem scored five times in the opening inning against Spartans starter Holden Levault. The Wildcats added five more runs in the third inning to go up 11-2.

“My guys went up to bat and looked like they were pretty aggressive,” Salem coach Brian Lipe said. “You come into a game like this, and you want to stay aggressive and be positive at the plate.”

The Spartans scored twice in the bottom of the second inning to get on the scoreboard as the first three batters reached. Matt Loucks started the inning with an infield single, and Damon Hart followed with a walk. Reggie Eubanks loaded the bases with another infield single. Brandon Cockrum came up with one out and grounded the ball to Salem’s shortstop. The Wildcats registered a force at second, but threw the ball away on the attempted double play. Loucks and Hart both scored.

“We swung at pitches that were in the (strike) zone,” Janello said. “We didn’t chase very much today. We have chased a lot of bad pitches before, but today we seemed to get a little better grasp on where the strike’s zone was at.”

The Spartans added a pair of runs in the fourth inning after a 30 minute lightning delay. The Spartans again started the inning with an infield single. This time Reggie Eubanks reached. He moved to second on Justin Winchester’s infield single. Winchester’s hit ricocheted off the leg of Salem pitcher Kameron Wilkins. After a wild pitch moved Winchester to third, Nick Marlo knocked an RBI single, scoring Eubanks. Winchester came home on an error to make the score 11-4.

Marlo finished the game with two hits and an RBI. The Spartans Kaleb Miller finished with three hits. Patrick Buza was the fourth pitcher the Spartans used in the game, and he threw three and two thirds innings. He allowed just one run on three hits.

“He’s one of our better pitchers, if not the best pitcher on the team,” Janello said.

The Spartans host Trico today.

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