Back and Forth Game Leads to Wolves Win
The Wildcats got off to a rocky start, allowing two runs in the first inning off a pair of walks and two errors. Salem and Flora were tied at four by the end of the fifth inning and things were looking up for Salem when the hosts took a 5-4 lead in the sixth. But three walks in the final two frames led to two Wolves runs as Flora escaped with the W. In all, five of the visitors' six runs were the result of someone getting on base via walk. In all, Salem pitchers walked nine batters and combined to give up just six hits.
Despite the free passes, Salem Head Coach Brian Lipe was pleased with his pitchers' performances.
"I thought TJ [Alberson] threw really well today. Tyler Ross was a man. He was a beast today. He came out in that first inning [of relief] and was throwing as hard as he's thrown all year and was an absolute stud on the mound. And Wyatt [McGhee] did a good job, too. There were just some things that didn't go our way there at the end of the game."
TJ Alberson was the Wildcats' starter, giving up four runs on five hits, walking five and striking out five. Ross worked two-and-two-thirds innings, striking out five and allowing just one run and two hits. Wyatt McGhee pitched just one-and-a-third innings but took the loss, giving up one run on one hit and striking out two.
As much as keeping Flora off the base path was a problem, Salem struggled to get runs across, stranding fourteen runners on base. Lipe talked about missed opportunities.
"We're just not coming through with hits. We had two big hits with two outs, but we've got to come through and I think we will."
Jared Banning had one of those big two-out hits, a two-run single in the fourth inning that made it a 4-3 game. Riley Martin's RBI double in the sixth gave Salem a 5-4 lead for a short time. Evan Maxey and McGhee had Salem's only other hits.
However, with a lot of baseball left in the final week of the regular season, Lipe remains optimistic.
"We had a lot to look at and be happy about. There were situations where we didn't come through, but at the same time, there were situations where we did come through and did a nice job."
Salem continues their marathon week of baseball Tuesday at Mascoutah. First pitch is at 4:15.
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