CHARLESTON - The Salem Lady Wildcats (5-10, 2-2) split their pair of Apollo games on Saturday as they traveled to Charleston, dropping a golden opportunity for the sweep.
In the opening game, Salem took a 5-1 lead after 3 innings, but their offense went stale following that, helping Charleston come back to win 7-5.
The Lady Trojans took advantage of Salem struggling to field bunts and plated 6 runs in the bottom of the 5th to pull out the victory.
Starting pitcher Ashley West had only given up 2 hits through 4 innings, before allowing 6 in the fifth, only 2 of which left the infield. Sydney Redman had a double, RBI & a run scored, as did Megan Molenhour.
In the second game, Salem jumped out again to a big lead, but this time put the gas pedal to the floor in an impressive 16-2, five-inning win. Salem out-hit Charleston 18-5 in the game.
"After jumping out to a lead in the opener and having it slip away, we played with more purpoase and didn't let up after scoring six in the first inning," said head coach James Holsapple.
Salem batted around three times in 5-innings, twice sending 10 batters to the plate.
"We showed what we are capable of offensively when things are clicking," added Holsapple.
Only one starter failed to register a hit, but she walked in 3 of her 4 plate appearances and scored two runs in Ashley West. Heather Henson, Anissa Rasul & Ashlynn Keen all had 3 hits. Keen's included 2 doubles & 4 RBIs.
Kelly Sager, Megan Molenhour, Lea Blackman and Sydney Redman all had 2 hits, with Molenhour & Blackman driving in 2 a piece. Mallory Daniels added an RBI double and pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits.