Roanoke Edges Salem In American Legion Baseball Showdown

Former Hidden Valley and Alleghany College-bound player Hayden Smith of Roanoke Post 3 checks his swing as the pitch comes in just below the knees.

by Bill Turner

Roanoke Post 3 jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and the advantage held up for the 12-9 win over Salem Post 3 in American Legion baseball action Saturday afternoon at Salem Memorial Stadium.

Roanoke rode the arm of starter Cory Smith, who retired the first thirteen Salem batters he faced. Salem finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to cut the lead to 5-4, but Roanoke responded with four in the top of the seventh to take control.