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Salem pitcher Logan Phillips looks in for a sign he wants in the first game of two against Effingham Thursday in Salem.

Salem Splits Double Header, Ends Losing Streak

Salem put an end to their losing streak Thursday night, but not before Effingham extended it to five games as the two Senior Legion teams split action in Salem.

Effingham claimed victory in the first game, scoring six runs in the seventh inning to win 7-2. Logan Phillips took the loss, giving up six runs in six innings of work. Phillips was replaced by joey Tolliver who finished the seventh, allowing one run. Post 128 had just five hits in the game. Kyle Hahn had a single, an RBI, and scored a run. Cole Armstrong had a single and an RBI. Alex Phillips scored the other Salem run.

Post 128 banged out 17 hits in the nightcap, scored eight runs in the fourth inning, and broke a five-game losing streak with a 13-3 win in five innings. Armstrong went 4-4, including a double. He scored three times and had two RBI. Colton Wilkins went 3-4 with a double while driving in three runs. Kolton Morrison went 2-3 with a triple and three runs batted in. All runs helped pitcher Aaron Ruckman, who got the win on the mound, striking out three while giving up eight hits.

Salem Head Coach Kirk Wilkins said it was nice to get back on the winning track.

"That's definitely a good feeling, it's the kind you've been waiting for. Watching these guys play for several years, this is the second year for most of them for Senior Legion, and you know they can hit the ball with authority, and tonight they did it. They did it with guys in scoring position and it definitely feels good."

Wilkins talked about the outing from his winning pitcher Ruckman.

"You got Aaron out there who's throwing strikes and taking care of the game. They get a couple runners on and it didn't seem to faze him. And everybody took care of the ball."

Salem Post 128 hosts Trenton Friday night. Both Legion teams will be in action, as the Junior Legion will play at 5pm and the Seniors will follow at approximately 8pm.

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