Salem baseball knocks off Loganville

The Salem baseball team finally got the better of a longtime nemesis Wednesday. Jordan Johnson hit a go-ahead grand slam and Cole Gibson limited the damage in five innings to pick up the victory in the Seminoles’ 10-9 triumph at Red Devil Field.

The come-from-behind win, which was highlighted by Johnson’s sixth-inning shot, was not only the third consecutive for Salem (10-15, 5-10 Region 8-AAAAA), but it snapped a seven-game losing streak to Loganville. Before Wednesday, Salem last on in the series in April, 2010.

Eight different Seminoles had hits, including four from Jordan Scott, who drove in a pair of runs, and three from Ndiayemon Harrison. Jason Howell also drove in two runs, while Akil Baddoo stole four bases.

“Cole pitched a great game and Jordan Johnson had a huge home run to put us up,” said Salem coach Chad Kitchens. “(But) a lot of people had good games…it was a team effort.”

Gibson allowed 13 base runners, but just four earned runs. Harrison and Rocky Mauriello relieved and allowed a combined seven base runners, but unlike how it’d been in the previous seven times in the series (Loganville won by an averaging margin of more than nine runs), the Seminoles hung on.

“We played really well (Wednesday) and did a great job of playing as a team,” Kitchens said. “It had been a while since we beat Loganville, so it was a great victory and moment for us.”

Salem will play its season finale and second game of the home-and-home series with Loganville Friday at 5:45 p.m.