The Salem Avalanche, the worst-hitting team in the Class A Carolina League, pounded the Frederick Keys, 11-0, before 2,079 tonight at Harry Grove Stadium.

Salem (3-3) entered the game hitting .234 with 31 home runs, 286 runs and 562 hits in 2,404 at-bats -- all lows for the league. But Frederick (4-3) entered the game ranked third-lowest in team pitching, with a 4.17 earned run average.

Those numbers, however, were not the ones that mattered most. Salem starter Josh Kalinowski entered the game second in the league with a 2.64 ERA and tied for third with 86 strikeouts. He improved his record to 5-3, lasting seven shutout innings and giving up five hits, striking out seven and walking two.

Salem totaled 16 hits. Keys starter Jay Spurgeon lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits and nine runs -- seven of which were earned. The Keys committed five errors.

Two unearned runs scored off Spurgeon in the first inning. Salem had a five-run second inning, highlighted by Todd Sears's two-run home run. Two other runs scored on hits by Jerome Alviso and Jody Gerut and another on a balk. Spurgeon had Salem's No. 9 hitter, Chone Figgins, at an 0-2 count and walked him with two outs in that inning to start the onslaught.

CANNONS-WARTHOGS, PPD.: Potomac's game in Winston-Salem, N.C., was postponed because of rain. The Cannons are playing a series at Winston-Salem Aug. 18-20, and a doubleheader will be scheduled for one of those days.