Salem baseball 5-0 for first time since '08

COMMERCE -- Salem's baseball team kept rolling Monday. Garrett Needham homered, Zach Bailey had two hits and two RBIs and set a school record as the Seminoles rolled past East Jackson 16-5 in non-region play.

Salem improved to 5-0 with the win, the program's best start since the 2008 final four team also won its first five games.

Five other players drove in runs for the Seminoles, but it was Needham (four RBIs) and Bailey who led the way. Bailey, a Gordon College signee, broke the school record for career hits with 118, but he was also one of the main culprits on the base paths. Bailey and Reed Hill stole four bases each, while Jordan Scott, Tiwuan Head and Akil Baddoo stole three each as Salem swiped 18 bases as a team.

Adam Hood got the win on the mound to move to 2-0 on the year. Hood tossed 4 innings of five-hit ball, allowing three earned runs and striking out five. Ryan Read, who is coming off Tommy John Surgery, finished the game in his season debut.

"We continue to strive on a daily basis to perform up to our level of capabilities," said Salem coach Chad Kitchens. "Some days we do it better than others. The only thing that concerns me right now is having the best practice possible. That is our focus."

Salem hosts Newton today at 5:30 p.m.

Heritage tennis back on winning track

MCDONOUGH -- The Heritage girls tennis team got back to its winning ways Monday, knocking off Eagle's Landing Christian Academy 4-1. Heritage, which was coming off a semifinal loss to Starr's Mill in the Peachtree City Tournament, got wins from No. 1 singles Bianca Brown, No. 2 Logan Bouchillon and No. 3 singles Abby Taylor, while the No. 2 doubles team of Julie Roseberry and Leah Howard also picked up a victory.

Bulldogs win again

CONYERS -- Will Hardy pitched two innings of no-earned run relief and struck out four, and had two hits and an RBI at the plate to lead Rockdale to an 11-5 win over Morgan County in non-region play Monday.

Rockdale, which got three hits and two RBIs from red-hot Tyler Page, three hits from Austin Jewell and a two-hit night from Yancey Freeny, evened its record at 3-3.