FLORENCE — Salado head coach Chad Krempin said his Eagles weren’t exactly sharp in a 4-0 win against Florence on Saturday.
But a win is a win, and Salado got one in a shutout Saturday, which is always encouraging heading into the playoffs.
“Obviously, every team we’re going to face in playoffs is going to be a good opponent,” the Eagles’ Caden Eary said. “But I feel like having the momentum going into playoffs that we do, I feel like we can stay hot.”
Salado (20-7) was quiet to start the game thanks to a strong effort from Florence starter Logan Hallmark on the mound.
Hallmark scattered five hits over seven innings and kept the Eagles from busting the game open on multiple occasions in his final game in a Florence uniform.
“I was very proud of his effort,” Florence head coach Ronnie Allen said. “Him being a senior, this being his last game, we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought he did very, very well.”
Salado, however, took advantage of back-to-back four-pitch walks to start the third when Eary slapped an RBI single to left for the first run of the game. Cole Haag then ripped an RBI single to right two batters later.
Casey Frazier later put the Eagles up 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to help himself out on the mound.
Salado added a run to its lead in the next inning when Barrett Snyder scored on a wild pitch, but that was all the scoring the Eagles did for the day.
“Tip your hat to these guys, they played well,” Krempin said of Florence. “They made just about every defensive play, so what can you do.
“We got a few runs and it seems like we kind of coasted and just didn’t play really as well as we’d like to at the plate.”
It didn’t matter because Frazier continuously worked his way out of jams as Florence left runners in scoring position in three of the five innings he pitched.
Drew Van Winkler came on in the sixth, and Cody Proctor in the seventh, to preserve the shutout.
But Florence certainly didn’t make it easy.
“We always play Salado tough. Salado plays us tough,” Allen said. “As a coach, sometimes you tell your players you’ve got to tip your hat to the other team because they just got us today.”
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