Big Inning Lifts Highland Past SalemAn eight-run third inning launched Highland out in front on the way to a 10-4 win over Salem Tuesday.
The Bulldogs sent twelve batters to the plate in the third before the Cats finally got out of the inning.
After the top of the third, Salem Head Coach Brian Lipe had a brief meeting with his players.
"Yeah, when we came off the field in the third, we talked about character, and I felt like we beat them the rest of the game. We did what we're supposed to do. We played better baseball after that wild third inning."
Aaron Ruckman took the mound for Salem and took the loss. The senior pitched six innings, allowing all ten runs on eight hits. Ruckman had three strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Salem batters had ten hits. Wyatt McGhee went 2-4 with a single, double, two runs scored, and one driven in. Zach Tate went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. Brock Irwin also had a two-hit day. Nick Conklin drove in three runs. Riley Martin had a double and a run scored.
Lipe was pleased with the hitting from his team.
"I felt like all game long we had good at bats. We just had one defensive inning that was awful. And it's hard to bounce back from that. We did an all right job coming back and fighting."
The Wildcats host South Central on Wednesday before they host Effingham Thursday with a chance to clinch sole possession of the Apollo Conference title.
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