BUIES CREEK — When the story is written about the two-year existence of the Buies Creek Astros, the first paragraph might mention they never lost a home opener.

The Astros scored early and often during a 6-3 victory against Salem on Thursday at Jim Perry Stadium. That they scored all six runs in the first two innings is noteworthy, since Buies Creek had not scored a run in the first two innings of any game since their one-run first inning in the season opener a week ago at Salem.

“Early on, we don’t know exactly what kind of team we’re going to have,” Astros manager Morgan Ensberg said. “Of course you’d rather have runs early on and often, but I don’t know if we can say this is some sort of trend that we don’t score early.”

Class A Advanced is the midway point of a player’s climb through an organization’s ladder, so the emphasis is not necessarily on the end result of a given at-bat as much as other, more mechanical outcomes.

“We should really make sure that we’re clear we do not care what someone’s batting average is,” Ensberg said. “We care what pitch they are swinging at and we care about the angle and how hard they hit the ball off the bat.”

Case in point: Perhaps the Astros’ three hardest-hit balls died in the heavy air at Jim Perry Stadium.

Ronnie Dawson flied out to the wall in dead center while two Abraham Toro hits left his bat at more than 103-mph only to end up a double and a flyout.

“Ronnie’s crushing the ball,” Ensberg said. “The ball he hit to center would have been out of any stadium in the big leagues. It’s just a situation where we care about those things because in Houston they see the exit velocity and the angle of the ball coming off the bat. The same with Toro. Those are going to be home runs in the big leagues. Even though the outcome doesn’t work out here in this park, we know that those play at the big-league level.”

DAWSON DID IT: Dawson’s batting average sits at .115 after he went 1-for-2, but he drew two walks and now has seven passes in eight games. He led off the game with a walk and scored, triggering a four-run inning. He singled and scored during the two-run second.

Osvaldo Duarte and Josh Rojas each tripled to go with Toro’s double.

And that was it. Buies Creek (4-4) mustered just those four hits but benefited from four Salem errors.

Brandon Bielak (1-0) tossed five crisp innings and handed a 6-0 lead to Hector Perez, who struggled to find the strike zone. He was tagged for three runs in the seventh inning. Ronel Blanco came on in relief and tossed two hitless innings for his first save.

BIELAK BEFUDDLES: A year ago at this time, Bielak was at Notre Dame taking a hard-luck defeat against Wake Forest. Thursday, the 2017 11 th -round draft pick put together five scoreless innings and

struck out eight. At one point, he fanned five consecutive batters.

Bielak said the performance was welcomed after a rocky debut at Salem last week.

“My first outing of the year was against these guys and it wasn’t the outcome I wanted,” he said. “So I got a little revenge there for me. I went out there with my best stuff.”

Ensberg said first-pitch strikes were the difference-maker.

“Bielak is going to pitch in the big leagues. It’s plus-plus stuff all the way around,” he said. “He’s getting ahead of the batter and he’s attacking with plus stuff and it’s difficult to hit when guys have plus stuff and they’re getting first-pitch strikes.”

ASTRONOMICALS: Last year’s season opener led to the only sellout in Buies Creek’s inaugural year.

This year, a late-arriving crowd that was somewhat thwarted by a Joe Jonas/DNCE concert at the nearby Gore Arena totaled 519. … Buies Creek stole three bases, upping their total to 13. That’s  second-best in the league behind Wilmington’s 18. … The Astros also rank second in the 10-team league with 14 doubles. … Buies Creek’s pitching staff boasts a 2.84 earned run average and is tied for first with 83 strikeouts.

FRIDAY’S GAME: Carson LaRue (0-0, 0.00) goes to the mound for Buies Creek against Salem’s Darwinzon Hernandez (0-0, 0.00). In his first appearance against Salem, LaRue tossed 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out three.