The next stop on Saline’s road to the MHSAA Division 1 baseball championship is the University of Michigan.
Saline plays Holt in the quarterfinal at Ray Fisher Stadium at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Holt, ranked 14th in the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Poll, won its first-ever regional championship Saturday, beating Howell and Grand Ledge. The Rams, who have won three straight district titles, have a 30-7 record.
The Saline Hornets, ranked first in the state, have a 36-3 record. The Hornets have won four straight district championships and two straight regional championships.
The winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinal will play Grosse Pointe Woods or Sterling Heights Stevenson in the semifinal game at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, at Michigan State University.
Rochester faces Northville and Saginaw Heritage plays Grand Haven on the other side of the bracket. The state championship game will be played at 9 a.m., Saturday, at Michigan State University.
Holt’s ace is Jesse Heikkinen, a lefty who as committed to MSU. He’s 8-1 with 0.97 ERA. In 50.1 innings he struck out 90 batters and gave up 23 hits and 19 walks. Burrell Jones (6-2, 1.36 ERA) and Robert Butterson (7-1, 1.81) have also pitched well for Holt.
Heikkinen is also a dangerous hitter. He’s hitting .385 with 13 doubles, six triples, two home runs and 39 RBI. Tyler Brown (.437, 15 2bs, 3 HRs, 52 runs and 30 RBI) has also been a productive hitter for the Rams. Brown (nine steals) and Drake Sobleskey (12 steals) are the team’s top threats on the basepaths.