Starting the game off with three runs in the visitor's half of the first inning, the Salem Lady Greyhounds topped the homestanding Highland Lady Rebels 9-1 in the lead-off game of the fifth annual Rebel Rumble April 3 at Ash Flat Ball Park.
Bethany Pate scored Salem's first run, reaching base on a shot that bounced past short and she later stole third and then home.
With the sacks full of Lady Hounds and one out in the first, Autumn Coffman reached first on an infield hit that plated Summer Moss.
Stephanie Judkins drew a walk with the bases still juiced, bringing Allison Loomis home for Salem's third run of the frame.
Salem starter Ashley Brooks gave up a single to Alex Whitten in the bottom of the first, but got out of the frame unharmed by ringing up three strikeouts. She allowed two hits while striking out four in four innings of work.
The Lady Greyhounds plated three runs in the top of the second, two of those thanks to a double to center from Loomis that scored Pate and Moss. Brooks later swiped home on a ball in the dirt to give the Lady Hounds a 6-0 cushion.
Highland recorded its lone run of the game in the home half of the second.
Hailey Hall reached safely on an error to start the stanza and she advanced thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Lindsey Goodwin. Tracy Bolt also made it to first on an error and the Lady Rebels managed to push a run across the plate on the play.
Bolt then stole second and third but was thrown out trying to swipe home, leaving Salem with a 6-1 lead after two innings of play.
Salem extended its lead with a of pair of runs in the third.
Judkins came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Moss and Pate stole home for the second time in the game to stake the visitors to an 8-1 advantage.
Tabby McNulty and Whitney Gates hit safely for Highland in the bottom of the third, but both were left stranded on the base paths when the inning ended.
Salem's final run of the morning came via fielder's choice off the bat of Callen Curtis that brought Abby Blevins home to score.
Highland, champions of the first four Rebel Rumbles, saw its time in this year's tourney draw to a close with a 4-0 loss to the Westside Lady Warriors.
Westside ended the day as tournament champions, knocking off Viola twice late in the evening for the first-place trophy.
After the Lady Hounds' opening win over Highland, they fell to Viola and then Rivercrest.