Saline’s varsity softball season came to an end in the district championship game at Saline High School Saturday.
Saline lost, 6-3, to Lincoln. The Railsplitters used a three-run seventh inning to pull away from the Hornets.
Earlier in the day, Saline defeated Belleville 3-0 to qualify for the district title game.
Saline had their share of hits. Each team had 10 hits.
Emma Schwartzenberger, Olivia Darmos and Anna-Jo Stuart each had two hits. Kelsey Alexander, Brooke Bauer, Amanda Enners and Alex Pace each had a hit.
Losing pitcher Alex Pace pitched seven innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits and four walks. She was working on a solid game but was victimized in the seventh inning.
Lincoln opened the game with a run in the first. Saline answered with one of their own in the bottom of the inning. Kelsey Alexander led with a triple to centerfield. She scored on Schwartzenberger’s single.
Lincoln added a second run in the second. The Hornets went up 3-2 with a two-run third. Ashley Hered led by reaching base on an error. Brooke Bauer doubled to center. Darmos drove them both in with a single to right.
Lincoln tied the game in the fourth.
Lincoln won the game with a double and two singles in the seventh.
In the semifinal, Emily Baldus pitched like a seasoned veteran. She scattered seven hits and walked none while striking out five in the seven-inning shutout.
Baldus had to be good, because the Hornets weren’t swinging the bats very well. In the first, Saline took a 1-0 lead. Kelsey Alexander and Ashley Heren singled. Olivia Darmos drove in a run with a ground ball.
Saline added two more runs in the fourth.
With one out, Brooke Bauer hit her 10th home run over the fence in leftfield. With two out, Amanda Enners and Anna-Jo Stuart doubled for another run.
Baldus stranded runners in position in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings.
Saline finished the season with a 20-14 record.