Christiansburg scored five runs in the first inning and that was enough as the Blue Demons took a 14-4 win over Salem Tuesday in a baseball game at Billy Sample Field.
Freshman Trace Monroe had a rare rough outing in a start for Salem and pitched just one inning. Camden Hart pitched the next three for Salem and Brendan Steele mopped up, but it just wasn’t Salem’s night.
That wasn’t the case last Friday as the Spartans thumped Patrick Henry at home, 13-3. Salem scored 10 runs in the first inning in a five inning rout of the Patriots.
Hart pitched all five innings for Salem and allowed just three hits to pick up the win. At the plate Ben Bowers, Caleb Furmage and Hart had two hits each and Bowers, Hunter King, Chase Greer and Trent Judd scored two runs each.
Less then 24 hours later the Spartans had to turn around and play a strong Cave Spring team on the road but they were up to the challenge and took a 5-3 win. Salem fell behind 1-0 after one inning but the Spartans scored two in the third and three in the fourth after failing to score with the bases loaded in the second inning.
Judd pitched for Salem and got the win, allowing just five hits and one earned run. Monroe got the save, coming in with one out in the seventh and getting two strikeouts to end the game.
Bowers and Hunter Bayne had three hits each for Salem in this one and Bowers drove in a pair. Salem had 12 hits overall and seven different Spartans had hits.
Now 10-4, the Spartans will be back in action for a district game at Hidden Valley Friday.