SALEM, OH- Despite having a stellar season on the mound for Sophomore pitcher Lane Rhodes, boasting a 1.4 ERA and 27 strikeouts, the Quakers had failed to give the right-hander any run support in any of his 5 starts; until Tuesday.
After a 1, 2, 3 inning for Rhodes and the Salem defense, the Quakers erupted for 5 runs in the bottom of the frame giving Rhodes all the run support he would need to finally earn his first win as a varsity starter. Salem would add 2 more in the second, 2 in the fourth and 1 in the fifth capped off with an at-bat by who else but Lane Rhodes.
The Quaker offense scored 10 runs on 15 hits and saw 4 players with multi-hit games. Rhodes led the way at the plate as well with 3 hits, including 1 double and 3 RBI’s. Yet another sophomore Nick Coletta had 3 hits of his own to match his 3 RBI’s. Junior Joey Watson and senior Adam Wilson had 2 hits each hitting run-scoring doubles.
The Quakers remain undefeated at home running their record at The Ray (Ray Reisbeck Field) to 5-0. Salem is now 7-8 overall and 4-3 in the EBC. They will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Minerva for an EBC rematch against the Lions. First pitch is set for 5 pm.
*Contributed by Mike Debarr, salemathletics.org