Wildcats Top Gibault in Sunday DoubleheaderThe Salem Wildcats Southwest League baseball team is in the league tournament after a sweep of Waterloo Gibault Sunday afternoon in Salem.
Zach Tate struck out eight and didn't give up a walk in Salem's 11-0 five-inning win in the opener. Mason Mcintosh went 2-2 with a double, three runs driven in, and a run scored. Tate and Coleton Harness both went 2-3 with a double and two RBIs and TJ Alberson also had a double as Salem
outhit Gibault 9-6.
Salem Head Coach Brian Lipe said Tate was at the top of his game and the defense behind him was excellent.
"He was nails. He was as good as I've seen him all summer today. He was every bit as good as I've ever seen him. We played good defense behind him, too. And when you have a pitcher working like that and quality defense behind him, you can't go wrong."
Salem jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game Two and never trailed en route to a 7-3 win. Alberson and Jared Banning both had a pair of hits in the win, with Banning lacing a double to the right field fence in the fourth inning. Banning and Chance McCay both scored on the play when Gibault committed errors trying to get the ball into the infield. Every player in Salem's lineup had at least one hit. Harness pitched into the fifth inning and got the win, giving up six hits and two earned runs while striking out two. Wyatt McGhee finished the game, striking out one and walking two in two-and-two-thirds innings of no-hit baseball.
Lipe said Harness did a solid job on the mound and that the team came through with clutch hits.
"Coleton did a good job to keep us in the ballgame. He battled some adversity, some guys getting on base and some things happening that didn't go his way. We had some huge hits, two out-[hits]. I think there were two innings where we scored most of our runs with two outs, and when you're doing it with two outs, you're doing some good stuff."
Lipe said the team was able to keep their composure mentally.
"We controlled our emotions really well. Tempers ran high a little bit. We've never played Gibault before but there was bad blood. I don't know where it came from or what happened."
With the sweep, Salem is now 17-8 and earns a spot in the Southwest League Tournament next weekend at Greenville College.
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