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Salem baseball tops Monroe Area in region opener

MONROE - After starting the season with a 2-4 record, Salem's baseball team turned it around Wednesday for a 6-0 win over Monroe Area to start Region 8-AAAA play.

The Seminoles' Cody Strange pitched the full seven innings in the shutout striking out two batters while walking three and allowing five hits.

"I cannot say enough about the effort that Cody Strange gave us. His effort was huge," an excited Salem coach Chad Kitchens said. "A complete game in the biggest game of the year so far was exactly what we needed. He was in control the entire game and scattered their hits so that they didn't hurt us. We played very good defense behind him, especially in the infield."

Five Salem players had two hits with Brandon Crumbley's going for a double and home run.

Josh Bailey also got an extra-base hit in his two hits with a double.

The other batters pacing the Seminoles were Corey Womack, Cameron Gibson and Wells Baldwin.

Baldwin also paced Salem with three stolen bases.

"We put a complete game together and played pretty well through out the contest. Our hitting was streaky but good enough to get the job done," Kitchens said. "We have a tough opponent coming up (today) so we have to get right back to work and take the same approach for this game that we did for Monroe (Area).

Salem will be at home at 5:55 p.m. today against Madison County.