Rams baseball defeats Salem in season opener

Harrison and Holloway shine in Rams win.

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The Rams home turf of Brennan Klein Field.

Cam Meyer, Editorial Staff

MV Rams baseball started its season off right with a win in an away game against the Salem Wildcats.

The Rams faced off against the Wildcats on March 15, finishing with a final score of 7-2.

“This was a beautiful day for opening day, we typically don’t have this nice of weather this early into the season, so it was refreshing to play a game in actual ‘baseball weather’,” stated Coach Pierce Borah.

Even with the win, the Rams didn’t get off to the hottest start, going scoreless for the first five innings.

“I thought we played well, and our bats took a bit to heat up, but that’s typical for the first game of the season,” assured senior pitcher/first baseman Roman Harrison.

In the sixth inning, the Rams scored five unanswered runs, taking control at 5-2.

“We ended the game hitting really well and hopefully that will carry into our next game to get us ahead early,” stated junior shortstop Colin McClure.

Harrison was the main reason for Salem’s lack of offense, racking up 8 strikeouts with only 2 hits allowed.

“I had an okay outing, but Gabe worked his tail off behind the plate and we had some great defensive plays to save some runs behind me,” said Harrison.

After the sixth inning, the Rams didn’t let off the gas as they scored two more unanswered runs to make the score 7-2, and win their first game of the new season.

“Winning is an expectation of the MV Rams baseball program, so it was nice to  see our guys earn a win,” mentioned third baseman Coach Borah.

Senior Pitcher/3B Brock Holloway led the way for the Rams offensively, scoring two runs and two RBIs on three hits, Holloway also racked up a strikeout with his time on the mound.

“I felt like it was a good first win. We kept our free bases down and we were solid defensively,” Holloway expressed.

“We felt like we were ready to compete, and we knew Salem was going to be a tough opponent for an opening day matchup,” stated Coach Borah, “So we were pleased with how we prepared and how we competed.”