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Salem Sweeps Patoka in Tuesday Double Header

The Salem Post 128 Senior Legion got closer to .500 with a pair of wins over Patoka Tuesday night in Salem.

Salem erased an early 2-0 Patoka lead in the first inning of the first game, scoring four runs in the home half of the first and running away with a 10-2 win. Dan Diss got the win on the mound, giving up three hits, three walks, and striking out three. Colton Wilkins had a three-hit game, driving in three runs. Alex Phillips drove in two runs on a pair of hits. Monte Ferrero, Logan Phillips, Johnny Tolliver, and Pete Colclasure all had a hit apiece, but combined for eight of Salem's ten runs.

The second game saw Salem extend Patoka's scoring drought to thirteen innings as Post 128 won 6-0. Shawn Meyer pitched the complete game shutout, scattering three hits while striking out five. Kyle Hahn and Kolton Morrison had two hits apiece for Salem, including Morrison's solo blast in the fourth inning. Morrison and Tolliver accounted for four of Salem's six runs. Salem took advantage of four fifth-inning Patoka errors to double their run total, as Tolliver, Ferrero, and Morrison all crossed home plate thanks to fielding miscues from Patoka.

Salem Head Coach Kirk Wilkins said it felt good to get a couple of wins.

"It's nice to have wins. And it's nice to come away with some really nice field work. [Johnny] Tolliver and [Kolton] Morrison on that side of the field - they played extremely well tonight. When you don't make errors, you don't give them runs, and you're hitting the ball, things turn out the way you want them."

Wilkins said his team has to take advantage of opposition's mistakes.

"We got to take advantage of their errors. We're not hitting the ball as well as we can, but if we're playing good defense, we're going to be in the

game."

Salem hosts Teutopolis Thursday for a nine-inning game that begins at 6pm.

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