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Salem baseball sweeps Cedar

It’d been a nearly-season-long struggle for the Salem baseball team, but Monday was a bright spot.

Kevin Barham and Rocky Mauriello each surrendered a single hit and the Seminoles’ offense exploded in 17-0 and 8-0 victories over Cedar Shoals. Salem (9-15, 4-10 Region 8-AAAAA) snapped its second five-game losing streak of the year with the sweep and nearly matched the 18 runs it scored April 2 against Clarke Central. The Conyers school has feasted on Athens-area pitching during league play. In four games against Clarke Clarke and Cedar Shoals, the Seminoles are averaging over 11 runs, while scoring just 19 runs in the other 10 league contests.

Jordan Scott ripped a grand slam and Ndiayemon Harrison drove in three runs in the opener, more than enough for the southpaw Barham (4 IP, 3 K).

In the nightcap, Mauriello struck out eight and allowed just two base runners in five dominant innings, while Akil Baddoo drove in two runs and Harrison and Cole Gibson one each in the Seminoles’ third shutout victory.

“I was proud of our team,” said Salem coach Chad Kitchens. “We played really well in both games with great pitching starts from Kevin and Rocky. We also did an excellent job with runners in scoring position in both games.”

Salem, which is guaranteed its fourth consecutive losing season, finishes its schedule with a pair of games against Loganville. Wednesday’s first pitch in Loganville is set for 5:55 p.m. and the Conyers rematch will be Thursday at 5:45 p.m.