Finding a way
Salem struggles but comes away with 7-6 win

CONYERS - Five errors, the lack of timely hitting and the less than lackluster pitching were quickly pushed aside after Cody Davis crushed a full count, one-out pitch out of the park for a three-run walk off home run and a 7-6 Salem victory Tuesday.

"You have to be able to win on your worst night. When things go bad and you make a ton of errors and nothing goes right and you still find a way to win. That's hopefully a sign that you've grown up and you get it done," Salem coach Chad Kitchens said. "We were able to somehow get it done and that's what good teams have to do."

Salem found themselves in a big hole when they committed three errors in the top of the second inning.

Monroe Area was able to capitalize on the extra outs by scoring five runs including a three-run shot by Josh Rawlings.

"The guy came up and hit the jack. If we had been out of the inning it never would've happened," Kitchens said.

The Seminoles were also able to take advantage of the misplays by the Hurricanes as errors allowed Davis and Corey Womack to score in the home half of the second.

The Hurricanes had a chance to make it 6-2 in the third inning but Cameron Gibson threw the ball on a rope from mid-center field on what could of been a sacrifice fly to catch the runner trying to tag.

Salem closed the gap scoring in the fifth and sixth inning to make it 5-4.

However, another error in the top of the seventh inning allowed the Hurricanes to extend their lead to 6-4.

"It has a lot to do with all these days and weeks we haven't been able to take (practice) because of rain," Kitchens said. "Until we can get outside and have a regular practice routine we'll have a game like that every now and then."

However, in the end it did not matter as T.J. Cash and Logan Singleton were on base when Davis went yard for the win.

"We had a hard time adjusting to (Monroe Area pitcher Michael Bradley) throwing so slow. We finally made the adjustment when we could at the end. The good thing is that we were able to get the big hit when we had to have it at the end of the ball game," Kitchens said.

"When we're behind it's hard to do the kind of things we like to do, like bunt. We were able to steal a lot of bases but you're scared to give up an out when you're down because you never know when you might get a big hit."

Jimmy Gerard got the win for Salem, throwing three innings in which he had one strikeout, two walks and four hits.

Pacing the Seminoles with two hits each were Gerard, Singleton, Davis and Wells Baldwin.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.