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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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After a couple of days of uncooperative weather, the 2-2A District Baseball Tournament was finally completed May 4 at Salem High School.

Greyhound starter Casey York fired off some fastballs from the pitching mound in Salem's semi-final matchup with White County Central (WCC).

The Greyhounds gave up one run in the first, but scored a run of their own to balance the score at 1-all at the end of one inning.

WCC stranded a runner in the second as York sat down the last batter.

The Greyhounds picked up a run and were getting a lot of woof-woof yells from the Dog Pound, which must have encouraged York, who blasted a fly ball to the fence, scoring two more runs and putting Salem ahead 4-1.

With a runner on base, Salem's Zach Gilbreath popped one over the fence for a home run, stretching the Greyhound lead to 9-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Greyhounds blanked WCC for three more innings and tacked on four more tallies of their own, winning the semi-final matchup over White County Central 13-2, advancing Salem on to the championship game.

And in that championship game, Greyhound starting pitcher John Turney shut Cotter down in the first-half of the first inning, bringing the Greyhounds to the plate for a quick four-run first inning.

The Warriors battled with a couple of base runners and picked up one score for a 4-1 Salem lead in the top of the second.

The Greyhounds had an opportunity to add to their lead in the bottom of the second.

After an error at second, a base-running error left the Salem runner hung up between home and third, and he was tagged for the final out of the second.

Tuney tossed strikes to the Warriors and the Greyhound fielders made snags with good throws to first base for a quick three outs in the top of the third to bring the Hounds back up to bat.

Two base hits by Salem started off the inning.

A third base hit, over Cotter's shortstop, added two more scores to widen the Greyhounds' lead to 6-1.

Turney set the Warriors down in order to start the fifth and the Greyhounds tacked on one more score for a 7-1 advantage.

Cotter battled back with good base running after a couple of base hits, netting two more runs, cutting into the Greyhounds' 7-3 lead.

Although the Greyhounds stranded two more base runners in the bottom of the sixth,

Cotter was not able to generate any last-minute runs or rally to finish the top of the seventh, leaving the Salem Greyhounds on top for the 7-3 district championship victory, to go along with the Hounds' perfect run through the conference ranks in the regular season.

The Hounds opened play in the 2A North Regional Tournament with a 7-6 win over Buffalo Island Central May 6 at Marked Tree.

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With the drenching rain temporarily out of the way, the 2-2A District Softball Tournament finished up at Salem High School May 4.

The Lady Tigers from Pangburn and the home team from Salem tied their hair back, put on the sun block, sunglasses and cranked up the volume in the tourney semi-final round.

The Lady Greyhounds picked up a quick run in the bottom of the first.

A lead-off triple in the third, followed by a base hit, added a second run for Salem to end the third.

Pangburn got one score and advanced a runner to third base. A sacrifice fly scored a second run to tie the game at 2-all.

The fifth inning was a wild one for the Lady Greyhounds. A caught fly ball by Salem's center fielder came home with a little too much zip and went over the catcher's head. Recovering the softball, the catcher's throw to third was a tad high and passed third base, allowing a second score by Pangburn, putting the Lady Tigers up 5-2.

With runners on base in the bottom of the fifth, Bethany Pate launched a long ball to the fence, scoring the Salem runners and netting a triple to round out the fifth, with Pangburn still holding a 5-4 lead.

Lady Greyhound pitcher Ashley Brooks fired bullets from the mound and, with good defense all around by the Lady Greyhounds in the sixth and seventh innings, Salem came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning.

A lead-off base hit, along with a stolen base by Pate, put the lady Greyhounds in scoring position.

Summer Moss laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the tying runner to third base.

With one out, a base hit and stolen base positioned Salem runners on second and third, bringing Abby Blevins to the plate.

A hot smash hit that went off of Pangburn's third basemen's glove and deep into the outfield, scored the two runs needed to give Salem a 6-5 victory, advancing the Lady Greyhounds into the championship game.

With darkness falling, the stadium lights filled the softball diamond as the district championship game between Quitman and Salem got underway.

The Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Greyhounds blanked each other for the first inning, but Salem's bats came alive to score two runs in the bottom of the second.

Ground balls were scooped up and fired to bases by infielders and fly balls were caught for outs in the third and forth innings.

Pate launched a deep fly ball to left-center field, which rolled to the fence. With the distance the ball traveled, and Pate's speed, she touched all three bags and then taged home, in front of the throw from the outfield, for an inside-the-park home run, to widen the Salem lead to 3-zip at the end of five innings.

Quitman was unable to get anything past the tough play of Salem's defense in the top of the sixth, bringing the Lady Hounds up to bat. Salem stranded two base runners in the bottom of the sixth, but still held the lead.

Quitman took its stance in the batter's box in the top of the seventh and final inning.

The pressure was on and the Lady Bulldogs had a chance by getting runners in scoring position at second and third with one out.

A Quitman batter hit a high fly ball that was caught by Salem's shortstop for an infield fly rule for the second out, with one run scoring.

A ground ball scooped up at third base and fired over to first finished the championship game, with Salem capturing the 2-2A Conference and District Tournament titles for 2011 with the 3-1 victory.

The Lady Greyhounds blasted Walnut Ridge 10-0 in the first round of the 2A North Regional Tournament May 6 in Marked Tree.

In the semi-final round May 7, Salem blanked Cedar Ridge 7-0.



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