Salem's Cole Steward stands ready in the batters box, awaiting a pitch in the second game of the double header. (Photo by Greg Mehochko)
Salem Juniors Sweep EffinghamThe Salem Junior Legion team added two to the win column after sweeping Effingham Wednesday night in Salem.
Post 128 exploded for eight runs in the third inning of the opener, running away with a 13-1 win in five innings. Skylar Webb tossed a complete game in his first outing of the summer, allowing two hits while striking out four in the rapid-paced game.
Junior Legion Head Coach Jeff Malone was pleased with Webb's performance on the bump.
“I hadn’t seen Skylar pitch yet at this level. He was great. I knew he’d come out and throw strikes, but he was more than just that. He actually pitched tonight and did a really good job.”
Brendan Boles led Salem offensively, going 3-4 with four RBIs and scoring twice. Will Fulkerson, Cole Steward, and Dalton Courtright each scored two runs.
Game Two was closer, but Post 128 picked up a 4-1 win. Levi Davis picked up the win on the hill, going five scoreless, hitless innings while striking out four. Zach Consolino got the save, giving up a run and a hit in two innings.
Malone talked about the two pitchers who combined to limit Effingham to just one hit and one run.
“Levi has pitched a little bit and he showed me he can pitch and do a good job at this level. And then Zach comes in. I hadn’t seen him throw yet at this level. He threw really well, threw strikes. That’s the key. Throw strikes, don’t walk kids. And we did that tonight.”
Consolino also had a nice nightcap offensively, going 1-3 and scoring half of Salem's runs. Dakota Koenke also went 1-3. Davis had a double in the contest.
Malone says the hitting is improving for his squad. They’re swinging [the wood bats] a little bit better. We need to make some better decisions on pitch selection, but we’re hitting the ball a lot better. We’re getting there.”
Salem is back in action Friday night when the Post 128 Juniors join the Senior Legion team for a double header at home against Trenton.
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