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Green, Loganville top Salem on the diamond

Loganville and starter Madelyn Green had a rocky first inning Tuesday in Conyers as the Red Devils made two errors which helped Salem scored twice to take the lead. But Green and her teammates didn’t allow much after that.

Green tossed a two-hit complete game and Rose Schmidt hit a go-ahead home run in the third inning in Loganville’s 5-2 victory over Salem in Region 8-AAAAA play.

Salem (1-3, 0-2) led 2-1 heading to the bottom of the second, but that’s where Green settled in and got one quick out after another. Starting with her strikeout of Mariah Briney to end the first, the right-hander retired 10 consecutive batters, including six putouts by Green herself.

Meanwhile, Loganville (4-3, 2-0) took the lead for good in the third. Caitlin McBee led off with a beautiful drag bunt for a hit, and after a pop out, Schmidt launched a two-run home run to straightaway center field off Salem starter and losing pitcher Whitney Lester to put the visitors up 3-2. McBee added an RBI-single in the fourth and Loganville went up 5-2 in the fifth when Emily Boothe singled with two outs and scored on Asia Hamilton’s double.

Both teams took advantage of sloppy defense to score first-inning runs. Loganville went up 1-0 in the top of the first when DeLaney Gish singled with one out and scored on an error by shortstop Alexis Chisman.

Salem scored its only runs in the bottom half to take a brief lead. Kennedy Lester started the rally with a four-pitch walk and later, Knarhine Bailey reached on an error by Gish at second base. After Lester stole third, Bailey stole second and catcher Samantha Garmon’s throw sailed into center field, chasing home Lester with the tying run. Two batters later, Peyton Mitchell ripped an opposite field single to put Salem up 2-1. That was the last base-runner Green would allow until Chisman walked to open the fifth.

After the walk, Taylor Sparks singled for Salem’s second and final hit. Despite Chisman and Sparks executing a double steal, Green allowed little else. She struck out a pair then got a pop out to end the fifth and retired nine of the last 10 batters she faced.

Salem will play at county rival Heritage in a region tilt Thursday at 5:30 p.m., while Loganville plays a non-region game at Brookwood today at 5:55 p.m.