Prince William succumbed to an unearned run in the eighth inning as Salem took advantage of an error, a wild pitch and bloop single to break a 3-3 tie and defeat the Pirates, 5-3, yesterday at Prince William County Stadium in Woodbridge before a season-high crowd of 1,422.
Marty Blair led off the eighth by reaching on Prince William first baseman Lance Belen's error. Kevin Bootay sacrificed the runner to second and Blair got to third on a wild pitch by reliever and loser Terry Adkins (0-1).
With the infield drawn in, Al Farmer slapped a single into short right-center field for the game-winning RBI.
The Redbirds ended the scoring on Joe Morales' ninth-inning homer.
Prince William had squeezed out a 1-0 first-inning lead with a walk, two infield singles, a double steal and Burk Goldthorn's RBI fielder's choice.
Salem took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Dan Simpson's triple and Greg Bailey's second home run of the season.
The Pirates came back with two runs in the fifth with some timely defensive hitting. After Scott Knox walked and was replaced on the bases by Reggie Barringer's fielder's choice, Brian Jones slapped at a ball and placed it behind the runner advancing to second. When the dust had cleared, the Pirates had runners at first and third with one out. With Jones dashing toward second, J.B. Moore reached out and punched the ball just past the pitcher, allowing the infielders no play and scoring Barringer. Bellen followed with a single for a 3-2 Pirates lead.
The Redbirds tied the score in the seventh when Bailey doubled, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on Morales' ground out.
Al Hartman (2-3) earned the win in relief for the Redbirds with a one-hit performance over 2 2/3 innings.