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Salem baseball pounds Gladiators
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Two days dropping a one-run decision to Clarke Central at home, the Salem High School varsity baseball team rebounded in a big way Wednesday, pounding the Gladiators 18-0 on the road in Region 8-AAAAA action.

Kevin Barham picked up the win on the mound, but it was Salem’s bats that did the talking. The Seminoles’ line-up collected 17 hits in the win, including three-hit nights from Jordan Scott and Braxton Hogan.

“We came with the right frame of mind for this game,” Salem coach Chad Kitchens said. “We did what we were supposed to do with our approach and we didn’t try to do too much at the plate.  The result was a 15-23 performance with Runners in scoring position, 17 total hits and 18 total runs.  This is what we are capable of when we have our minds right.”

Punctuating his three hits, Scott drilled a homer in the win, finishing the contest with three RBIs. Hogan also finished with a trio of RBIs and two stolen bases.

Ryan Reed, Jordan Johnson, Tiwuan Head and Ndiayemon Harrison also finished with multi-hit games, with Harrison also picking up two RBIs, two stolen bases and had a double play in the field.

On the mound, Barham allowed just one hit in a scoreless effort, striking out three in the process.

Scott threw one inning of relief, giving up just a walk in his outing.

Salem returns to action Thursday night against county-rival Rockdale.