The Saline Hornets girls’ softball team got back into action Wednesday afternoon after experiencing six game cancellations due to rain and poor field conditions. The lady Hornets hosted the Lincoln Railsplitters, an SEC White division rival currently sporting a 16-2 record.
In a classic pitcher’s duel, Lincoln’s senior hurler, Jenna Gould, bested Saline’s sophomore sensation Elaina Walker, 1-0, dropping Saline’s season record to 6-7. Gould tossed a one-hit shutout, while Walker allowed one run on six hits.
Walker allowed one hit and two baserunners through the first four innings. To start the fifth, Lincoln got two solid singles to left. Walker got a strike out on a full-count fast ball. The next batter hit a shot to third baseman Abigail Kleinschmidt who stepped on third base to get the force out.
Then with two outs, Lincoln’s lead-off hitter Jenna Gould, came to the plate a hit a solid single to left, scoring the lone run of the game. On the next pitch, Saline catcher Kelsey Alexander got the final out of the inning when she fired a strike to third base and Kleinschmidt put the tag on the runner who had strayed too far off the base.
Lincoln loaded the bases in the sixth on two singles and a walk but Walker got a strike out and a pop-up to short to end the threat.
Saline managed to load the bases in the third when Isabella Darmos led off with a single to center. Danielle Cobello then struck out. Kleinschmidt drew a full-count walk and senior Ashley Heren reached first on an error.
‘Splitter pitcher Gould retired the next two batters on infield pop-ups, ending the only Hornet scoring threat of the game.
Saline head coach Alicia Seegert said after the game that she was very happy with the way her team played.
“To be off a week and a half, and play a good team like Lincoln the way we did, I’m very happy. Our pitching was good. Our defense was very good,” Seegert said. “We need to get a win so the team can get their confidence back, especially since we will see Lincoln again in the districts”.
Saline will get back into action on Thursday when they will host Clay High School from Ohio. The game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will be played at Alumni Field, in the Wilpon Sports Complex on the campus of the University of Michigan.