Dublin – Pulaski and Salem were locked into a scoreless tie after three innings, but a Cougar error in the fourth led to a Spartan run and Salem went on to shutout the Cougars 8-0.
The Cougars starting pitcher Logan Alley and the Spartans Zach Mineroldi matched pitch for pitch throughout the first three innings, but an error on the Cougars gave Salem their first run in the fourth. Alley went five innings giving up only one run, that being unearned, striking out three and giving up just three base hits.
Salem scored another run in the top of the sixth inning on a Austin Couling single. The seventh then saw the Spartans cross the plate six times on five hits and two huge Cougars errors. Mineroldi pitched a complete game throwing a five hitter and striking out seven.
Pulaski County had their chances. Brayden Morris led off the second inning with a double but couldn’t advance. Then in the bottom of the fourth with one out Morris singled, as did Tyler Dotson. The next Cougar batter would hit into a double play to end that threat. Then again in the sixth they put two runners on base with one out, but once again the next batter hit into a double play to end the threat.
“Once again we made base running and mental mistakes,” said a disappointed Cougar head coach Doug Dunavant. “Logan Alley had a great performance on the mound for us. I’m glad to see that for him and us. We will go back to work and improve.”
The Cougars, now 5-8 overall and 0-5 in district play, will play Christiansburg at Cougar Field Friday at 5 p.m.
R H E LOB
SALEM 8 10 1 9
PC 0 5 3 5
SA – WP (Mineroldi)
PC – LP (Alley)