The Quakers kept their perfect record in the EBC in tact Wednesday in Carrollton as they came from behind to win 6-2. Salem got timely hitting, solid defense and a gutsy performance on the bump from Sophomore starter Gavin Wilms to earn the victory.
Wilms got his 3rd conference victory Wednesday but it wasn’t easy. Just like they did the day before, the Warriors came out swinging and forced the Quakers to make plays. After a clean first inning, Carrollton got to Wilms for 2 runs in the second inning. After a leadoff single and then an error put the first two runners on, Wilms struck out the next two batters and it seemed like he might get out of the inning unscathed. But a walk, a base hit, followed by another walk gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead.
For a while it seemed like that might be enough as everything the Quakers hit was gobbled up by Carrollton. But after there was one out in the 5th inning an error by the shortstop opened the door for Salem, and the Quakers kicked it in on a base hit by Senior Lane Rhodes to score junior Darius Beck followed by a 2 out bases loaded double by Senior Nick Coletta to give the Quakers the lead 3-2.
The Quakers would strike for 3 more in the 6th inning as well. This time the big hit would come from sophomore Jackson Johnson. After Beck doubled in freshman Carson Rhodes, Johnson singled in two runs with two outs to extend the Salem advantage to 6-2.
That would be all the support Wilms would need. The only thing left to question was would he be able to finish the game before his pitch count ran out. On the last batter he was allowed to face before having to be pulled due to pitches he got a ground ball to the shortstop Carson Rhodes who stepped on the bag to secure the sweep.
The Quakers are now 17-3 on the year overall and 8-0 in the EBC. Salem has the day off tomorrow before heading to Howland on Friday to square off with the Tigers. First pitch is set for 5:30.