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Lady Cats Split At Charleston

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.  

SALEM - The Salem Wildcats pitcher's were dominant in a 10-0, 2-0 double header sweep of the visiting Charleston Trojans on Saturday afternoon. 

In the opener, senior Zach Tate needed just 57 pitches and an hour to toss his first perfect game in a 10-0, five-inning win.  Tate struck out 6 as no Charleston batter was able to locate Tate's pitches during the game.  He got Armstrong to strike out for the final out of the game.

Five runs in the opening three innings allowed the Wildcats to easily pull away.  Sam Beavin launched his 3rd homer of the season, a solo shot, and TJ Alberson added his 2nd of the season as Salem pounded out 11 hits as a team.  

Beavin finished iwth 2 RBI along with Riley Martin, TJ Alberson and Joe Tolliver. Tate and Wyatt McGhee each drove in runs as well.

Gough took the loss for Charleston allowing 10 runs in three-innings, walking two and struck out just one.

In the second game, an awesome effort by sophomore Riley Martin carried the Wildcats to a 2-0 win in seven innings of work.  The lefty struck out 14 and allowed just 2 hits.  Martin faced 25 hitters, starting 21 out with strikes.

Brock Irwin singled in the third and fifth innings and drove in both runs for Salem.  

Salem is 14-2 overall after winning their 11th straight win.  Salem also sits atop of the Apollo by a game over Mt Zion and Effingham.  The Braves swept Paris while Effingham split with Mattoon this weekend.  

Salem will be at Olney on Tuesday and Mater Dei on Friday before hosting Mattoon for a huge Apollo Conference matchup on Saturday.

In other action on Saturday:

- The South Central Cougars dropped both their games at their Wooden Bat Tournament falling to Olney 10-4 in the opener and then dropping a 5-1 decision to tournament champion North Clay in the 2nd game.  The Cardinals defeated Olney 4-1 in their contest.

- Nashville capitalized on several Roxana errors and scored 7 unearned runs in an 11-1 win on Saturday night at Busch Stadium in St Louis.

- Mt Vernon won one of three games at the McCracken County Kentucky Invitational defeating Henderson County, Kentucky 7-0.

- Wesclin stretched it's winning streak to seven games with a 14-5 win over Triad.

CHICAGO (AP) - Nene dominated with 24 points, Trevor Ariza scored 18, and the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-93 in their playoff opener on Sunday night.

     John Wall scored 16 in his postseason debut. Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Wizards pulled out the victory even though they looked like they were ready to be blown out.

     They cut a 13-point deficit to one in the third and trailed by three going into the fourth, before outscoring Chicago 18-6 over the final six minutes to come out on top in their first playoff appearance since 2008.

CHICAGO (AP) - Homer Bailey pitched six scoreless innings at friendly Wrigley Field for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and doubled as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Sunday.

     Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which took two of three this weekend from the Cubs and has won 17 of its last 19 games at Wrigley Field.

     Bailey struck out eight while allowing six hits and three walks.

     The Reds have won 10 straight when Bailey faces the Cubs. He is 7-0 in his last 10 outings against Chicago and 5-0 in his past six at Wrigley Field.

     The Cubs have lost six of their last seven.

     Carlos Villanueva was tagged for five runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Denard Span hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals, with Bryce Harper back in the lineup, rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday.

     The Nationals loaded the bases in the ninth against Seth Maness when Danny Espinosa singled with one out for his third hit, Jose Lobaton singled through the right side of the infield and pinch hitter Nate McLouth walked.

     In his second game since being activated from the seven-day disabled list following a concussion, Span lofted a fly to left field. Espinosa easily beat the throw from John Jay, who shifted over from right field as St. Louis used a five-man infield.

     Harper started in left field and went 1 for 4 with his first stolen base of the season. The two-time All-Star was pulled from the game a day earlier for what manager Matt Williams called a "lack of hustle."


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