The Saline Area Youth Baseball & Softball (SAYB&S) 8U “All-Stars” machine-pitch softball team won the Juen 10 Saline Summer Slam Tournament, held at the Saline High School fields.
On a hot, dry, and dusty summer Saturday, Saline’s potent offense and stingy defense led them to impressive victories over Milan Ruhlig F & G; Milan Watts Roofing; and the Adrian Lookouts in “pool-play” to earn a spot in the afternoon championship game against Milan Watts Roofing. The Championship game proved to be a thriller as Saline saw an early 5 – 0 lead quickly dissolve into an 8 - 7 deficit in the middle innings.
When the dust settled (literally!) and the final inning began, Saline - as the “away” team decided by a coin flip – hoped to cushion their 12 – 11 lead during their turn at bat in the top of the inning. However, Milan’s defense stiffened, preventing a single Saline run.
Cloaked in dust and sweat, the Saline girls took the field in the bottom half of the inning determined to keep their record unblemished and claim their trophy. With two outs, Milan had the tying run on second base and the winning run on first base. The next Milan batter hit a bounding ground-ball that was scooped up by pitcher Casey Griffin who threw to Gracelyn Waldrop at third base for the third and final out of the game!
Final Score: Saline 12, Milan 11!
Congratulations Saline 8U All-Stars!! Thanks SAYB&S for hosting the event! The Saline 8U All-Stars include: Abby Curtis, Gabby Deveau, Harper Grambau, Casey Griffin, Melissa Leventhal, Kylee Marion, Lilly McCalla, Jessica Phelps, Claire Portwood, Makayla Shelton, Lexi Speicher, and Gracelyn Waldrop.