LEESBURG - Salem split its doubleheader with Lee County in the Class AAAA quarterfinals Tuesday.
Salem won the opening game 12-3 before dropping the night game 10-2.
Salem 12, Lee County 3
Salem capitalized on two Trojan errors and went up 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Josh Bailey's RBI single made it 4-0 in the top of the second. Bailey tacked on another RBI in the fourth off a sacrifice fly, plating Corey Womack.
Lee County finally got the bats going in the bottom of the fourth and scored three runs off three singles, a double and a Salem error.
Salem responded with a run in the top of the fifth, scoring off an RBI single by T.J. Cash.
Salem put the nail in the coffin in the top of the seventh by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.
The first run came off an RBI single by Womack. Salem then made it 9-3 off a two-run single by Drew Dentler. Jake Dyer followed it up with a two-run single of his own to make it 11-3. The last run of the inning came off a Lee County throwing error.
Besides hitting well as a team, the Seminoles received a solid performance on the mound. Dyer was on fire for most of the game, scattering seven hits in seven innings of work. He walked two batters, struck out three and surrendered just one earned run.
Lee County 10, Salem 2
Lee County scored three runs in the top of the second before adding another in the third to build a 4-0 lead.
Salem scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning after Dentler drew a bases-loaded walk.
Lee County increased its lead to 5-1 in the top of the fourth inning. Salem scored another run in the bottom of the fifth off an RBI single by Bailey, making the score 5-2.
The run was overshadowed by Dentler's ejection for erratic behavior after a called strike three. A handful of Salem fans were also ejected at the same time.
Lee County tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth to build a 7-2 lead.
Things got worse for Salem in the bottom of the sixth when Jonathan Brewer was injured in a collision with the Lee County catcher while trying to score. Brewer was taken off the field in an ambulance. Brewer was reportedly stable with feeling in all of his limbs.
After both teams met for a prayer on the mound, play resumed.
Lee County added two more runs to their total in the top of the seventh inning.
Game 3 of the series will be played at 5 p.m. today.
Brandon Evans can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.