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Little League Season Opens

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SALEM - The Little League season opened last night.  

In Minors play, the Marion County Savings Bank A's earned a 5-1 win over the Americana Tigers.  Mason Jones allowed 0 hits and struck out 11 in 3.2 to earn the win, Luke Young struck out 3 in the final 1.1 for the save.  At the plate, the A's got a 2 run single from Young, Keaton Gullion added a single, walk, stolen base and run.  Trent Dempsey, Ethan Crouse and Noah Slater drove in runs for the A's.  The Tigers got a walk and run from Kaden James.  Josh Powless drove in their lone run and Rhett Runge had the other Tigers hit.  

The Elks Rockies came back to beat the Hunter Law Yankees 5-4.  Down 4-0 early, the Rockies scored 5 times in the fourth.  Deytn Parker and Kameron Wilkens each had 2 run hits and Aaron Ritchey and Heydin Purcell drove home runs while Gavin Decker singled and scored as well as earning the win in relief.  The Yankees got RBI's from Gavin Zimmerman, Rhett Detering, Silas Moats and Zack Tyler.  Gavin Zimmerman threw very well in the no decision for the Yankees.

The Squibb Tank Royals routed the Kert Martin Cardinals 15-3.  Wade Voeklel was the winning pitcher.  At the plate for the Royals, Coen West, Austin See and Wade Voelkel each had RBI's, Brenan Lux added 2 RBI on 2 hits and Colby Bursott also singled.  Kyle Malone scored along with Braden Rector, Cody Beard and Shaun East.  Jon Bursott scored 3 times.  In the loss, Jairen Stroud had an RBI triple, Kaiden Byars singled and Nathan Pualson scored along with Caleb Smith and Chandler Sills.  

The Modern Woodman Marlins nipped the Edward Jones Reds 10-8.  Aden Bass earned the win and had 3 hits, Noah Nix, Wes Spenner and Athony Wilburn each added 2.  For the Reds, Max McIntosh had 2 hits, Owen Landreth and Carter Moore also had a hit. 


In Junior play, Wayne Stevens Construction nipped Chico's 5-3.  Bryson Landreth tossed 6 strong innings allowing just 1 hit and struck out 12 to get the win.  Andrew Lybarger worked the final inning for the save.  Sebatsian Cougar, Lybarger, Brennon Nix, Landreth and Cotter Hiestand all had a hit.  Chase Dodson worked 3 innings for Chico's.  Isaac Adams and Brighton Lucas combined to pitch the other 3 innings.

In coach pitch play, the Shamrock A's knocked off the Salem Bowl Marlins 10-7 scoring 7 times in the fourth inning to help them to the win.  Lucas Hodge, Reece Boyd and Jeremiah Haynes each had 3 hits for the A's.  Silas Lux had 3 hits for the Marlins.  

The Salem IGA Yankees defeated the Boulder Giants 8-0.  Payton and Avery Gullion combined for 6 hits and scored 4 runs.

     ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alexander Steen and David Backes had two goals apiece and the St. Louis Blues' defense put the clamps on the Dallas Stars in a 6-1 victory that put them up 2-1 in the second-round series Tuesday night.
     Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist and Brian Elliott was strong when he needed to be for the Blues in their first lopsided triumph of the postseason. Their other five wins were decided by one goal.
     The Blues finished two points behind Western Conference champion Dallas in the regular season and have control of the series heading into Game 4 Thursday night in St. Louis.
     They scored six unanswered goals after Colton Sceviour gave Dallas the early advantage, three coming in a breakaway second period.

     ST. LOUIS (AP) - Aaron Nola threw seven innings and Ryan Howard homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
     Philadelphia has won seven of eight while St. Louis has lost five of six.
     Jeanmar Gomez recorded his ninth save in as many opportunities after Hector Neris struck out the side in the eighth inning.
     Nola (2-2) allowed two hits and struck out seven in an 111-pitch stint. He has a string of 20 consecutive scoreless innings dating to April 22. Nola, who retired the last 10 batters, has given up one run or fewer in four of six starts this season.
     Howard, a St. Louis native, drilled a first-pitch offering from Michael Wacha (2-2) over the wall in right in the sixth inning.
     He has 22 homers in 66 games against St. Louis and has 12 homers in 36 games at Busch Stadium.

The Salem Lady Wildcats competed at the Newton Invitational yesterday evening. The meet was won by the Green Wave of Mattoon with 115 points while the Wildcats walked away with 14. 

Salem scored in four events with Hailey Wimberly being part of 10 of the 14 points. Eight of Wimberly's 10 points came in the 400m Dash where she ran a 1:02.03 and finished 2nd place. She also was the first leg of the 4x400m which finished 5th place in a time of 4:31.56. The other 4x400m relay members were Maddie Quandt, Brylee Hails, and Chloee Phillips.

Phillips had her own individual performance in the High Jump where she tied for 4th with a leap of 4' 9". 

And Senior Kayle Kloppedal placed 6th in the Triple Jump with a jump of 29' 3.75". 

This was the last regular season meet for the Lady Wildcats as they enter into championship mode. This week they have the Varsity Conference Meet held in Charleston on Thursday and Saturday will be the JV Conference Meet held in Mattoon.

Wildcats Head To Mt Zion

Photo by Greg Maxey

The Salem Wildcats take their 7-14 record to Mt Zion to take on the Apollo leading Braves starting at 3pm with Game 1 of the double header.  Salem enters at 2-4 in the league while the Braves are 6-0.  

The South Central Cougars return to National Trail Conference play with a game today at home with Stewardson-Strasburg.  

The Salem Lady Wildcats return to action today at Tully Park when they host the Mt Zion Lady Braves starting at 3pm.


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