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Salem beats Rockdale 6-1, sweeps series
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Anytime a team earns a win it's a good thing, but when it's over your local rival, it adds an extra spice to the sweet taste of victory.

Recently, Salem's noses were full of this wonderful flavor after beating cross-town opponent Rockdale County 6-1 on a frosty night at American Legion Field.
With the win, the Seminoles earned a season-sweep over the Bulldogs, having already won 4-2 on March 18. As a result of this latest triumph, Salem has swept Rockdale County for the second year in a row and has won five of its last six meetings with its neighbors.

"We had another good starting pitching effort (from Brandon Crumbley) and hit with runners in scoring position. We had timely base hits and that was the big difference," said Salem head coach Chad Kitchens. "I hope we can keep this going. We still have a lot of work cut out for us."

The Seminoles jumped out to an early lead after scoring two runs in the top first inning. After Crumbley drew a two-out walk, Cameron Gibson smacked an RBI double, plating his teammate all the way from first base.

Rockdale County starter Kevin Masters then got into a jam with a wild pitch sandwiched between two walks to load the bases. It looked as if the inning was headed for a close after Cody Strange hit a grounder to shortstop Nakeem Forte, but the infielder's error kept the frame alive as Logan Singleton ran home to put Salem up 2-0.

Salem scored once more in the top second after Masters loaded the bases again with two walks and another Bulldog fielding error to lead 3-0.

In the top of the fourth, the Seminoles plated three runs to bust the contest open with a 6-0 score. Singleton's two-run single with the bases loaded and no outs chased Masters from the game. Later, Kelsey Rudolph came through with a sacrifice fly for the team's final run of the inning.

Rockdale County's lone score came in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Kevin Dawkins hit a solo home run over the fence in left.

Notes: This game was a make up match due to a rain postponement. The teams played at American Legion Field because the field conditions at Rockdale County High School were still soaked from Monday's showers.