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Late Home Run from Kath Not Enough in Ballers' 5-3 Loss to Salem in Series Opener

August 10, 2022 - Carolina League (CarL) - Kannapolis Cannon Ballers News Release

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Despite tossing an impressive 13 strikeouts as a unit, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers fell short in Tuesday's series opener, losing 5-3 to the Salem Red Sox at Atrium Health Ballpark.

LHP Jonah Scolaro (L, 0-1) tossed his first start of 2022, striking out eight Red Sox despite allowing four runs on five hits, walking two along the way. RHP Tyson Messer finished out the fourth inning in relief, helping Kannapolis keep it a four-run lead for Salem.

The Red Sox wasted no time in opening the scoring, taking a 1-0 lead on a Brainer Bonaci home run in the bottom of the first inning with nobody out. Two batters later, Chase Meidroth crushed his first hit in Low-A baseball for his first homer to extend the Red Sox lead to 2-0.

Errors cost the Ballers two runs in total, with the first of the pair coming in the third inning on a pickoff error from Scolaro, allowing Eddinson Paulino to cross the plate and push Salem to a 3-0 advantage.

Kier Meredith kept the party going for the Red Sox in the fourth inning with an RBI single, putting the visitors ahead 4-0.

The second error costing Kannapolis came from Victor Torres in the seventh inning, pushing the Red Sox ahead even more at 5-0 in the seventh inning.

Wes Kath put the Ballers on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning, crushing his eleventh home run of the season, a three-run shot to score James Beard and Andy Atwood. Kath's homer cut Salem's lead to 5-3, but the Red Sox held on and got the win in the series opener.

RHP Kohl Simas will face off against his brother Karson and the Salem Red Sox in the second of six matchups on Wednesday night at Atrium Health Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m., with the Cannon Ballers welcoming Tyler the Amazing Balancing Act, as well as a party of four-legged furry friends for the biggest Bark in the Park of 2022 at Atrium Health Ballpark.

Fans can purchase tickets for any upcoming home games at or at the F&M Bank Box Office located at Atrium Health Ballpark.

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