On a blustery April 12 afternoon, with the wind whipping directly into the batter's box at Salem, conditions certainly seemed to favor the person standing on the pitcher's mound.
The Greyhounds, however, ignored the adverse weather and pounded out 11 hits on their way to a 16-2 dispatching of the visiting Mammoth Spring Bears in four innings in 2AA-North play.
Salem's starting hurler, Ryan Yarnell, used a big, breaking curve ball to keep the Bears in check, as he earned the win by holding Mammoth Spring to two hits on the afternoon, while fanning six and walking two.
After Yarnell retired the side in order in the top of the first, the Greyhounds got on the board in the bottom of the frame with an unearned run.
Leading off with a base-on-balls, Mike Innis moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Phillip Taylor, before he later stole home on a wild pitch, giving the Hounds a 1-0 lead.
Chad Willet was responsible for Salem's two runs in the home-half of the second, starting with a hit up the middle of the diamond that plated Nathan Criss.
Willet then swiped second and third, before coming home on Salem's second steal of home plate in the game.
Down 3-0, the Bears dented the scoreboard with a couple of runs in the top of the third.
Adam Brown knocked a single into the outfield that brought Derrick Baldridge home to get Mammoth Spring in the scoring column.
Posting their second run in the frame with a steal of home, the Bears trailed by a single run, 3-2, but the Greyhounds were on the verge of putting the game out of reach with 13 runs in the third and fourth innings.
Flashing some speedy wheels, Jake Bontrager stole home plate, Salem's third such crime of the game, setting up Nathan Criss. Criss blasted a two-bagged to center that notched two RBIs, before Innis picked up a run-batted-in with a bloop behind first base.
Kyle Estes then ripped a triple to the wall in left, driving in two runs with the shot.
Not finished, Estes then sped home on a ball in the dirt, boosting the Hounds' advantage to 10-2 after three.
The Bears got a single from Steven White to start the visitors' half of the fourth, but a 4-6-3 double play and groundout got Yarnell out of trouble.
Striking six more times in the bottom of the inning, the Greyhounds put the cap on the contest.
Taylor slapped a base hit to right that plated Innis and Criss.
Estes rang up another RBI with a single, and with the bases full, Yarnell drew a walk of Bears' reliever Trent White that brought Estes home.
Brett Sisler finished the game with a base hit that scored Woody Harlow and Bontrager, giving Salem a 16-2 win.
Estes paced Salem with a single, triple and three RBIs, while Criss and Taylor had a single and double with two RBIs apiece. Bontrager had a double, with Willet and Innis logging a hit and run-batted-in apiece. Sisler recorded a hit and pair of ribbies, while Yarnell added an RBI for Salem.
Brown led Mammoth Spring with a hit and RBI, and White recorded a hit for the Bears.