Saline’s varsity baseball team split a pair of games Saturday to improve to 5-3 overall. The Hornets defeated Unity Christian, 6-3, and lost to Jenison, 5-2, in games played at Saline High School.
Against Jenison, the Hornets fell behind 3-0 after giving up a run in each of the first three innings. By the time Saline plated a couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth, Saline was down 5-2.
Ryan Steinhauer started and went five innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks. He struck out six. Nate Watson pitched two innings of scoreless and hitless relief. He walked one and struck out one.
Saline managed eight hits – but none for extra bases. Alex Morrison (2-for-3, 1 run) and Cam Daniels (2-for-2, 1 RBI) each had two hits. Jack O’Keefe drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Aidan Corrigan, Aidan Arbaugh, Brad Baldus and Lance Blaszak also had hits for Saline.
Saline wasted no time scoring in their 6-3 victory over Unity Christian. Saline scored three runs in the first and two runs in the second. After Unity Christian made it 5-3 with two runs in the sixth, the Hornets added an insurance run in the seventh.
Arbaugh was the winning pitcher. He went five innings and gave up one unearned on two hits and two walks. Arbaugh struck out eight. Kyler Blake Jones and Jack Plumley each pitched one inning of scoreless relief. Plumley was credited with the save.
The top of the lineup did the damage for the Hornets. Noah Nelson walked, doubled and scored twice. Aidan Corrigan singled, walked, scored a run and drove in a run. Alex Morrison went 2-for-3 with a walk, home run, triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Aidan Arbaugh and Jack O’Keefe also had singles and RBIs.
Nelson opened the game with a double to center. He took third on a passed ball and then scored on Corrigan’s single to right. Morrison drove in Corrigan with a triple to center. Arbaugh singled to score Morrison.
Saline added two runs in the second. Nelson walked and scored on a passed ball. Two batters Morrison scored on an inside-the-park homerun to center. Saline led 5-0.
Up 5-3, Saline scored an insurance run in the seventh. Morrison walked, took second on a fielder’s choice and then scored on a single by O’Keefe.