Trenton Overcomes Early Deficit to Top SalemThe Salem Junior Legion baseball team will have to battle back through the consolation bracket of the District 23 Tournament after falling to Trenton 6-3 Friday evening.
Salem jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning when Roudey Hensley and Cole Steward reached on a walk and a fielder's choice respectively. Dakota McDaneld drove in a run on the first of his two hits and Post 128 got another run on a Trenton error. But Salem stranded the bases loaded to end the first.
Salem Head coach Jeff Malone talked after the game about missed opportunities.
"It's what we've been doing the last two weeks of the season. We just can't get the big hit. We had some guys stranded late in the game because we couldn't get the big hit."
In all, Post 128 left nine runners on base.
Salem was not immune to the error bug as the Juniors committed three errors that led to Trenton runs.
Trenton took a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Salem got one back an inning later before Trenton scored two more in the seventh frame.
Brendan Boles tossed 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits while striking out five and walking three. Zach Consolino finished the final inning and a third, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.
Malone talked about Boles' outing, saying the lefty gave everything he had.
"Brendan pitched well today. I just told him to go out there and stay focused on every pitch, and he did. His pitch count got up. You know, we booted the ball behind him a little bit and he stayed strong and got us almost through the sixth inning. We were in the game all the way to the end."
Hensley and Boles each joined McDaneld with two hits. Dalton Courtright added a hit.
Malone wonders how his team will react faced with elimination.
"Well, we'll see. You never know until your back's against the wall how they're going to do. Now, this team is a young team. I really don't know how they're going to respond."
Salem plays Saturday morning at 11 in the consolation bracket. Their opponent will be the winner of yesterday's game between Centralia and Mt. Vernon.
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