Salem's five-run first inning proved too much for Prince William to overcome last night as the Cannons went down, 8-3, before 1,716 at Prince William County Stadium. The Buccaneers (15-28) inflicted major damage in the first, tagging Jim Wiley for five of the six runs he allowed.
Wiley (4-7) went six innings. Salem's Tim Wakefield (7-12) pitched a complete game, giving up six hits, walking two and striking out three.
The Buccaneers stroked three first-inning doubles. With one out and two on, Mandy Romero hit a two-run double to right-center, scoring Bruce Schreiber and Domingo Merejo for a 2-0 lead.
After Tim Hines grounded out, Willie Greene smacked another double scoring Romero. Greene came home on Darwin Pennye's single before Ken Trusky doubled to left, plating Pennye.
The Cannons (22-20) scored their first run in the fourth. Dave Silvestri singled, stole second and scored on J.T. Snow double to center.
Prince William scored single runs in the eighth and ninth, but Salem added a run in the fifth and two in the ninth.
With one out in the ninth, Sherman Obando tripled to the wall and scored as Enrique Hernandez grounded out to third.
Wakefield, in strong command until then, began to stumble as he loaded the bases on two walks and an error by third baseman Austin Manahan. But Zazueta's flare to left was caught by Pennye.