Salem Overcomes Big Early Deficit To Win 12th Straight....Prep Baseball RoundupOLNEY - It's not how you start, but how you finish. Never was that cliche more evident than Tuesday afternoon at East Richland High School as Salem turned a 6-run, first-inning deficit into a 14-10 victory over the Olney Tigers running their win streak to 12 games.
Starter Evan Maxey couldn't get out of the first inning as the normally steady right-hander couldn't find the strike zone. Walks and a few well-timed hits helped the Tigers out to a 6-run lead after the first inning. Joe Tolliver came in and worked the next 5 innings for Salem earning the win.
Salem bounced back with 6 runs of their own in their half of the 2nd inning to give themselves a mulligan and a chance to win another ball game.
With the score tied at 7 in the third-inning, Maxey came to the plate and singled scoring Nick Conklin. Maxey didn't let the off-start on the mound hamper him at the plate as he would get on base 2 times and scored 2 runs to go along with that RBI.
The two teams combined for 24 runs and 24 hits, 18 by the Wildcats, including 7 extra base hits. Relief pitchers got their fill of innings during the game, with the opposing managers using 6 pitchers in total.
Wyatt McGhee put himself in scoring position with 2 extra-base hits for Salem. he doubled in the third inning and tripled in the fifth.
Joe Tolliver got the win in relief going 4.1 innings and allowing 5 runs. TJ Alberson worked a solid 2 innings to close out the game and earn the save..
Salem pounded Olney pitching, as six-hitters combined for 13 hits and 9 RBIs while scoring 10 runs.
Zuber ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He allowed 9 runs in 3 innings, walked 2 and struck out 4.
The bottom of the first saw Olney take that early 6-0 lead. A single by Billington, bringing home Shan started the inning off. Olney then tacked on more runs when Wyatt scored on a walk by Zuber. Runyon, Billington and Zuber scored on a three-run double by Houching who would score then on an RBI single by Buscher.
The Wildcats didn't give up the lead after the third inning. Additional runs came from an RBI double by McGhee and an RBI single by Jared Banning.
Salem put up one run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh. in the fifth, the Wildcats scored on a sac-fly from Zach Tate.
At the dish for the Wildcats, Tate drove home 3 runs. Sam Beavin was 3-5, McGhee, Riley Martin and Banning each finished with 2 RBI while Irwin and Maxey also had RBIs.
"This was the best win of the season," said head coach Brian Lipe. "We showed a ton of composure during the game and never got worried, even when we trailed big early. Things didn't go their way, but they overcame those obstacles and played the game the way we have preached it all year, and good things happen."
Salem improves to 15-2 on the season and will be back in action on the road Friday for another matchup with Mater Dei. Salem beat the Knights 10-4 earlier this season at SCHS Field.
In other action:
- South Central avenged a loss to North Clay on Saturday with a 7-6 win at Lions Field in Kinmundy on Tuesday afternoon. Noah Powless homered and drove in 3, Dylan Smith, Kyle Bray and Tyler Ross each added RBIs. Tyus Holmes finished 3-3 on the day. The Cougars are 6-8 on the season as Dylen Peters earned his first win of the Spring and Kyle Bray picked up the save.
- Mt Vernon pulled off a 7-3 win over the Centralia Orphans in 9-innings. The Orphans and Rams sit tied for 2nd in the South Seven with 3-2 records, one-game behind Althoff at 4-1.
- Carlyle broke a 3-3 tie with Central thanks to a 2-run single by John Becker in the fifth inning. Carlyle went on to win the game 7-3.
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