Kellam and Salem were long time Beach rivals and they remained competitors in the new seven team Conference 9 classification. In the first of two back-to-back games, the Knights scored three runs in the first two innings and held on to beat Salem 5-2 at the new Kellam High School.
Jack Coates pitched six innings allowing no earned runs while striking out seven batters to earn the win. Landyn Neumann picked up the save with a 3-up, 3-down seventh inning.
The Knights needed only one hit to put two runs across the plate in the first inning. Henry Reaume reached on an throwing error and Neumann drove him in with an infield single to short. Tyler Nelin made it 2-0 when he scored on an infield pop that was dropped. In the third inning, Marcus Downing reached third base after a double and a stolen base. A bloop single to center by Tyler Harding scored Downing for a 3-0 lead.
Harding added another run-scoring single in the sixth and Jesse Martinette scored the final run on a wild pitch. Salem had pulled to within one run with the help of three Kellam errors. Marc Krudop hit a routine grounder to short, but a poor throw allowed Alex Shauger and Brent Musante to cross the plate. Coates struckout Andrew Crandell to end the top of the sixth.
Shauger took the loss despite allowing only one earned run in six innings. He finished with five strikeouts and four walks.
Vapreps Game MVP - Kellam pitcher Jack Coates pitched six innings allowing no earned runs while striking out seven batters to earn the win.
Vapreps Hitting Star - Kellam's Tyler Harding drove in two runs with two run scoring singles. He finished 2 for 3 and he had a walk.