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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kolten Wong hit a grand slam that backed Lance Lynn and led the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Monday night.

Wong connected on a 3-2 fastball from rookie Raisel Iglesias (1-3) with two outs in the fourth, putting St. Louis ahead 4-1. Wong's second career grand slam easily cleared the right- field wall, landing in the home bullpen.

The Cardinals have won six of seven, are a big league-best 64-35 record and lead the NL Central by 6  1/2 games.

Lynn (8-5) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, improving to 7-3 against the Reds. He has won five of his last six decisions overall.

Trevor Rosenthal earned his 31st save in 33 chances after getting two days off.


Salem High Cross Country and Track Standout Brenner Webster Signs Letter of Intent to Continue Athletic Career at McKendree College.


Salem High School Track and Cross Country stand-out, Brenner Webster, has decided to take his talents to McKendree University.

The Wildcats have seen Webster take on a leadership role amongst the team very early as he led by example with his work ethic. Webster says that he never thought he would get this far but achieving his dream of becoming a college athlete is something he owes all to hard work and dedication.

“It's awesome. I always wanted to be a college athlete, I didn't think it be Division II but I worked hard and got there.”

The 2015 Cross Country State Champion hopes to take what he learned at Salem to the next level and have continued success while he learns from new talent and teammates.  Webster is not taking the summer off as he prepares for the next chapter in his life with mid-summer camps and training.

“I'll have people to compete with at college. I'll have teammates to run with every day. It's just going to be a big change with the training and everything. I went to a Cross-Country camp over there with them but now I'm just running by myself.”

Salem Track and Field coach, Mike Hargis, says Webster's leadership has been evident on the team since his freshman year.

“There was leadership qualities you could see as an underclassman. He definitely was motivated, you could see that he wanted to get better and he wanted to be better and he was doing the things that he needed to get better.”

Salem's Cross Country coach, Geff Purcell, commented that McKendree is getting someone that could be the face of the program.

“I think he'll be one of their top runners right away and take the same leadership he had here and show that same strength. He has a good inner-strength and desire to work hard. That's not so teachable and we try and we hope that they see that. It helps when you have somebody ahead of you showing you that. By him being where he was at, he's helped the young men we have right behind him are now working harder from the benefit of having him in there.”

Webster was top ten in the mile at the state track meet. He begins his time with the team during pre-season workouts this August.


Salem Jr Legion Bows Out Of Division Tournament....

SALEM - The Salem Post 128 Jr Legion season is over after a 1-2 stint in the 5th Division Tournament held at SCHS Field.  Salem opened the tournament with a 6-2 loss to Goreville sending them into the loser's bracket of the double elimination tournament.  Salem then shutout Metropolis 5-0 to advance to the Saturday elimination game in which they fell to DuQuoin 6-4.
 
    Breese Gray and Fairview Heights are the lone undefeated teams left in the tournament and they will play tonight at 7:15 with the winner advancing as the champion to this weekend's state tournament held in Belleville.  The loser bracket teams still alive will be Newton against DuQuoin and Carlyle against Highland.  4 teams from the 5th Division will advance to the state tournament. 


Salem 11U Wildcats Unbeaten Heading To Sectional Championship Tonight....

OLNEY - The Salem 11U Travel Team continued post season play on Saturday in the Section 1 tournament at Olney. They defeated Champaign East 16-4 in 4 innings.   

Salem was led at the plate by Quentin Purcell and Blane Phillips as each player hit 3-run homeruns. Purcell finished the night 3 for 3, with 6 RBIs, and 4 runs. Hunter Daniels, Jacob Koehnke, and Carter Rose all had multi-hit games and drove in runs for the young Wildcats.  Purcell and Rose both pitchers combined to hold East to 4 runs.

Salem will play Monday at 7:00 pm for the Sectional Championship against the winner of Pike County and Champaign East. The Salem 11U Travel Team would like to see a lot of support at Monday night's game, so if you can make the trip you are encouraged to do so. 


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adonis Garcia's first career home run broke a tie and rookie Matt Wisler worked seven strong innings in helping the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Wisler (5-1) limited the Cardinals to seven hits and walked three in his longest outing since he worked eight innings to beat the Mets in his debut June 19.

The Braves took advantage of Michael Wacha's wildness for a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Ryan Lavarnway doubled into the left-field corner to score Eury Perez, who had worked a one-out walk. Following a two-out walk to Jace Peterson, Cameron Maybin singled in Lavarnaway. Wacha needed 51 pitches to get through the first two innings.

The Cardinals evened the score with runs in the fourth and fifth. Matt Holliday's double into the right-field corner scored Kolten Wong, who had doubled, to tie the game in the fifth.





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