BASEBALL: 12-Run Outburst Propels Saline to State Championship Game

 06/15/2017 - 15:02
Ryan Foley (left) and Ethan Collick celebrate Collick's run during a 5-run first inning for the Hornets.

Saline scored five runs in the first inning and stormed to a 12-0 win over University Liggett in the MHSAA Division 1 semifinal at Michigan State University. The game was called after five innings because of the mercy rule.

Saline pounded 14 hits off three Northville pitchers. Sean O’Keefe went 3-for-4 with three singles and four RBI. The bottom four hitters in the lineup – Kellan Huang, Ethan Collick, Ted Eppinga and Sean Millspaugh -- went 7-for-10 with six RBI and six runs scored. Ryan Foley was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Winning pitcher Cole Daniels limited Liggett to one hit in four innings. He walked two and struck out three. Reliever Paul Kiyabu gave up a lead-off single in the bottom of the fifth before retiring three straight batters.

Saline will play Northville for the state championship at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“They’re a good team with good pitching and a solid defense. It will be a good game,” Saline coach Scott Theisen said.

Saline and Northville played May 23, splitting a doubleheader. The Hornets won 3-0 and lost-2-0. In the loss, Ben Schmidt limited the Hornets to four hits.

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

E

SLN

5

0

0

1

6

X

X

12

14

0

UNVR

0

0

0

0

0

X

X

0

2

1

Lineup

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

K

Ryan Foley

3

2

2

0

0

0

Zach Schwartzenberger

2

1

1

1

1

0

Jacob Finkbeiner

3

0

0

0

0

1

Sean O'Keefe

4

0

3

4

0

0

Alex Morrison

0

2

0

0

0

0

Cole Daniels

4

0

1

0

0

0

Jacob Ohren-Hoeft

0

1

0

0

0

0

Kellan Huang

2

2

1

1

1

0

Ethan Collick

3

2

2

2

0

0

Ted Eppinga

3

1

2

2

0

0

Sean Millspaugh

2

1

2

1

0

0

 

Pitching

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

K

BB

HR

Cole Daniels

4.0

69

.623

1

0

0

3

2

0

Paul Kiyabu

1.0

11

.818

1

0

0

1

0

0

 

Tran Longmoore
Tran Longmoore is owner of The Saline Post. Email him at tran@thesalinepost.com or call him at 734-272-6294

Follow the author on         or visit   Personal Blog