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Salem Sox Roll Past Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Look To Continue Winning Ways

SALEM, VA – It was education day in Salem on Monday as the Red Sox (28-16) hosted the Pelicans (23-22) in the final of game of a four game series.

Josh Ockimey and Michael Chavis once again showed up for the Salem Sox and helped the club earn their 28th win on the season as they took three games of the four from the Pelicans over the past weekend.

While on the eight game homestand, Salem went 4-4, losing their first three games to the Frederick Keys but salvaged the last game. That win sent the Sox on a three game win streak, with it ending on Sunday with a 5-1 loss to the Pelicans. Salem scored 48 runs and allowed 48 runs while on the homestand and the largest crowd attendance for 2017 was on Friday night with a total of 8,847.

As for the finale against the Pelicans on Monday evening, the Sox trailed Myrtle Beach 4-0 heading into the sixth inning but would find their way on top of the Pelicans.

The rally started when Ockimey reached on a throwing error that plated Chad De La Guerra. Salem then score four runs in a row with singles from Trenton Kemp, Mike Meyers and Jordan Betts to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning.

In the seventh both clubs traded runs but it was Salem’s Ockimey who helped catapult the Sox to the win with his two-run homer, his fifth of the year, to put the Sox up, 7-5. Salem wouldn’t stop there as they scored three more runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning.

Chavis got the scoring started for Salem in the eighth with a line drive single that would bring home Tate Matheny and Betts that would put the Sox on top, 9-5. With Meyers batting, he drew a bases loaded walk that plated Chad De La Geurra to put Salem ahead and would ultimately put the nail in coffin as the Sox defeated the Pelicans, 10-5.

Salem was scheduled to take on the Carolina League Northern division leading Buies Creek Astros (27-18) for a three game set, but their first game was rained out. Both teams will play a double-header on Wednesday. Then the Red Sox will head to Lynchburg to face the Hillcats for a four game series over the Memorial Day weekend.


JW has been writing about baseball ever since he graduated from high school in 2009. It all started with Baseball Essential but then moved to 27 Outs Baseball. While with 27 Outs, JW did numerous player profile articles, seeing his writings being shared on team websites, shared by players and their families. Also with 27 Outs, JW got fully credentialed to cover the Salem Red Sox in 2015 and has covered the team and most of the Carolina League since then.

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