If you like defense and pitching, Salem was the place for you on Tuesday night in Cornbelt League baseball. Both teams played eight innings of scoreless baseball before the Gamecocks of Hartford/Humboldt prevailed 2-1. The first three batters reached in the top of the ninth inning, two would come around to score, including a sacrifice fly for the insurance run. Salem had runners on the corners with nobody out in the home half, but a strike out and then a runner thrown-out at second lightly quelled the rally. Salem did eventually get a run, but left the tying man on base to end the game.
Tyler Renken pitched into the eighth inning for the Gamecocks, Gavin Reichmuth started on the hill for Salem and went six strong innings.
Elsewhere in the Cornbelt, Madison handed Lennox their first defeat of the season, a 9-8 win at Flynn Field. The Broncos used an 8-0 scoring outburst from the sixth inning to the eighth inning to move their record back to 5-5 on the season, 5-4 in league play. Josh Giles went 3 for four with three runs scored and Greg Biagi smashed a home run in the win.
Flandreau picked up their third Cornbelt League win, a 9-7 win at home versus Colman.Cornbelt League play continues on Thursday, with four games slated. Check league standings and the schedule at the Cornbelt page at amazingmadison.com.