Salem baseball ends skid

ATHENS -- Monday was a much better evening for the Salem baseball team.

Josh Webster drove in a pair of runs and had one of the team's three triples, and Garrett Needham pitched six strong innings in the Seminoles' 6-0 victory over Cedar Shoals in Region 8-AAAA play.

Salem (3-8, 1-1) had lost seven consecutive games before Needham stopped the bleeding, scattering four hits against the host Jaguars (2-8, 0-2).

"For the first time all season, we had everyone available and things went according to plan," Salem coach Chad Kitchens said. "We had a couple of huge hits to get us going with three triples. Garrett threw a great ball game and probably could have went the distance."

The teams meet again today in Conyers, with first pitch scheduled for 5:55 p.m.

"We have to come back to work (Tuesday) with the same intensity that helped us get this win and play another strong game," Kitchens said.

Rockdale tennis drops tight matches

MCDONOUGH -- The Rockdale tennis teams had a tough time in McDonough on Monday as the boys and girls teams each lost 3-2 to Union Grove in non-region play.

In girls play, No. 1 singles Summer Walker and Libby and Abby Bradford at No. 1 doubles continued to play well as the schools, separated by just 18 miles, played in a rare eight-game pro set style.

Walker, a sophomore, won 8-0 and the Bradford sisters won 8-2, but Rockdale fell in the other three matches as the No. 2 doubles team (Brooke Tryon and Alliyah Byrd) lost 8-2, No. 2 singles Bianca Brown dropped an 8-0 match and No. 3 singles Ciara Chesser had a 5-4 lead before falling 8-6.

"That was extremely close," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said of Chesser's match.

The boys team got wins from its top two players as No. 1 Shoman Kasbekar and No. 2 Patrick Sanders each won 8-2. The Bulldogs' three losses were all close -- No. 3 singles Trey Hull (9-7), No. 1 doubles team of Jason Lauritsen and Anthony Adams (8-5) and the No. 2 doubles team of Abenet Addisu and Collin Shamley (8-4).

"(Union Grove is) pretty good; we didn't play too well, though," Sansing said. "And we kind of used (Monday) as a measuring stick. We wanted to see where we stacked up. We were close but we didn't quite make it."

Rockdale returned home to the Rockdale Tennis Center on Tuesday against Cedar Shoals in matches that ended too late for this edition.