Senior Logan Evans tossed a one-hitter and struck out 12 as Saline blanked Fenton 2-0 in the Hornets’ opening game at Saline High School Thursday.
Saline split the doubleheader with Fenton, losing the nightcap, 1-0.
After the opening day victory, Saline head coach Al Zeiher praised the performance of his senior ace.
“He was outstanding. He had great energy. He led our guys out there and showed us the way to do it,” Zeiher said. “He pounded the zone and kept our defense active. These guys feed off him. He’s the engine. He gets us going.”
Evans went seven innings. Other than the hit, he gave up two walks. He struck out 12. The defense behind him was flawless.
“It felt good to get out here. It’s a bit cold but I got my fastball working early and the offspeed came with it,” Evans said. “It’s always good to get off to a good start. It’s just cool to be out here playing. We’ve waited so long. We got rained out (last week) in Ohio.”
Evans needed to be good, because as the temperatures dipped toward freezing, it wasn’t a great day for hitting. Still, Saline’s hitters got the job done early. After Evans struck out the side in the top of the first, Saline scored in the bottom of the inning. Noah Nelson singled to center. With one out, he stole second. Evans then drove him home with a single to left.
In the top of the third, Fenton had its best opportunity to score. With one out, Evans walked a man. Josh Brown followed with a double to left to put runners at second and third. That brought up the top of the order. Evans struck out the next hitter and got the third out with a groundball to Nelson at shortstop.
“I just trusted in my fastball,” Evans said, explaining how he got out of the jam.
In the bottom of the third, Saline picked up some insurance. Nelson led off with a double to right. With one out, Alex Morrison drove him in with a single to left.
That was it for the offense.
Evans went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Nelson was also 2-for-3, scoring two runs. Morrison was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The second game was called due to darkness with Fenton leading 1-0 after five innings work.
Lance Blaszak pitched a great game for the Hornets, allowing a run on two hits and three walks. He struck out four. But the Hornets couldn’t score.
Fenton opened the scoring in the top of the first. Blaszak walked the leadoff man. He struck out the next batter. The baserunner stole second and then took third on a sacrifice fly to right, before scoring on a wild pitch.
It was the only run of the game.
Saline got singles from Aidan Corrigan and Morrison in the second inning but couldn’t generate a run.
Morrison singled to lead off the fourth. With one out, Jack O’Keefe grounded into a field’s choice. With two out, Aiden Arbaugh singled to right, but O’Keefe was tagged out trying to reach third.
Saline is home to Parma Western for a doubleheader Monday. The first game begins at 4 p.m.