Saline is one victory away from sweeping the SEC Red varsity baseball schedule. Saline clinched its sixth straight SEC Red title at Skyline Monday by winning 9-0 and 4-1. The Hornets improved to 14-0 in the SEC Red and 27-1 overall.
Saline hosts Skyline Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to wrap up the SEC Red season.
Cole Daniels pitched five innings of one-hit, shutout baseball in the opener. He walked one and struck out six to earn the win. Tyler Zmich pitched two innings of perfect relief, striking out one.
Ted Eppinga homered and drove in five runs for Saline. His three-run home run over the left field fence gave Saline a 5-0 lead. Saline added another run in the second and three runs in the sixth.
Speedy lead-off man Ryan Foley went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs scored. Jake Finkbeiner, Sean O’Keefe and Cole Daniels each had three hits. Daniels drove in three runs and scored two runs.
The second game wasn’t quite so easy for Saline. Fortunately for the Hornets, winning pitcher Danny Weidmayer limited Skyline to just one run – an unearned run. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up five hits and a walk. He struck out two. Justin Flanagan got the final out for the save.
Weidmayer helped his own cause at the plate. He was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Joe Borowski also drove in a run.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Kellan Huang and Jake Finkbeiner started with singles. Slugger Sean O’Keefe bunted them over. Cole Daniels walked to load the bases. Borowski hit a groundball and reached on an error by the second basemen, scoring Huang. Weidmayer singled to center to two more runs.. Skyline scored a run in the bottom of the inning with a double, single and Saline error. Saline led 3-1.
Saline scratched out an insurance run in the seventh inning. Weidmayer singled to right. Courtesy runner Jacob-Ohren Hoeft went to third on a single by Zach Schwartzenberger. He scored on a wild pitch.