With the wind whipping across the baseball diamond in Thayer, with bursts of dusty gusto April 3, one thing was sure -- get a ball past the infield and anything was possible. Like extra-base hits.
The visiting Salem Greyhounds took advantage of the windy weather to rack up two triples and a double on the afternoon, while the homestanding Bobcats countered by ripping a triple and double.
And although Thayer out-hit Salem 10-8 for the game, it was the Greyhounds who left with a 6-3 win.
Jesse Thomas earned the complete-game victory for Salem, working seven innings, fanning seven and walking two.
Thayer starter Clinton Caldwell was saddled with the loss, giving up 10 hits, while striking out four and allowing one walk.
Salem struck first by plating two runs in the visitor's half of the first inning.
Josh Sisler picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice that scored Derek Batterton (hit) to get the wheels rolling for the Hounds.
Derek Estes finished the frame off by reaching first on a throwing error, giving Alex Smith a chance to score on the play, staking Salem to a 2-0 lead.
The home team got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first, as Jacob Eckman (hit, triple) led off with a three-bagger.
Eckman wasn't at third long, as Cody Ary (two hits, two RBIs) brought him home with a fielder's choice for the Cats' first run of the non-conference affair.
Thomas kept Thayer from doing any more damage by ending the inning thanks to a nifty 6-4-3 double-play, leaving the Hounds in front 2-1.
Salem tacked on a run in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly from Shawn Travelstead that scored T.W. Longevin (double).
The Greyhounds extended this lead to 4-1 in the top of the third.
Thomas slammed a triple and then came home on an RBI-single from Ty Berry two batters later.
Thayer managed to keep pace in the home half of the third on a base hit from Cody Ary that drove in Zack Ary, leaving the Bobcats down by two, 4-2, after three. Once again the Greyhounds used a double-play, this one of the 4-3 variety, to end the inning without letting Thayer cross the plate more than one time in the frame.
Despite this, the Bobcats continued to claw into the lead, pulling within one run in the bottom of the fourth.
Garrett Smith reached base on a hard-hit double, and then Andrew Brown drove him in with a single that made the score 4-3 Salem, after four.
As it turns out, this would be as close as Thayer could get.
Salem padded its lead with two more runs, one in the fifth and one in the top of the seventh.
Estes plated Logan Henley with a single in the top of the fifth to add another run to the Greyhounds' total, before Thomas came up big in the bottom of the frame, racking up an inning-ending strikeout with Bobcats at second and third base.
Henley (two hits, RBI) posted Salem's last ribbie of the game with a seventh-inning hit that scored Alex Smith (two singles, triple) to give the Hounds a 6-3 victory.
Scott Hargus and Luke Martin recorded a hit apiece for Thayer.