On senior night at the Saline softball diamond, it was a couple sophomores who lifted Saline to victory.
Ashley Heren singled past shortstop to give score Kelsey Alexander in the bottom of the eighth as Saline beat Dexter 6-5.
The Hornets split the doubleheader with Dexter, who won the first game, 3-2 in eight innings.
Between the games, Saline honored seniors Emily Baldus, Olivia Darmos, Anna-Jo Stuart and Amanda Enners.
Pitcher Alex Pace earned the victory in second game. She pitched five innings and gave up one earned run on five hits and a walk. She struck out five.
Heren went 2-for-4 and drove in both Hornet runs. Alexander was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
Dexter took the lead in the first inning with three singles.
Saline tied the game in the bottom of the third. Alexander reached on an error and then scored when Heren hit a line-drive to right field for a triple. Pace settled down, giving up just a walk over the next five innings.
In the seventh after getting the first two outs, Pace allowed a single and the next batter reach on an error. Pace struck out the next hitter to escape.
In extra innings, baserunners are placed on second base to start the inning. Dexter’s first hitter bunted the runner over to third. The second hitter bunted down the third base line where 3B Emma Schwartzenberger field the ball and tagged out the base runner. Pace got the next batter to ground out to the pitcher.
In the bottom of the inning, Heren singled in Alexander to win.
Saline lost 3-2 in another pitcher’s duel.
In this game, Dexter scored in the eighth and Saline stranded their runner on third.
Losing pitcher Emily Baldus went eight innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits. She struck out two and walked none.
Saline managed just four hits off Dexter pitching. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Brooke Bauer singled to right. With two out, Amanda Enners walked. Emma Schwartzenberger laced a single to right to score Bauer. Anna-Jo Stuart doubled to right field to score Enners.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, Dexter finally got to Baldus in the top of the seventh. The lead-off hitter reached on an error. Baldus got the next hitter to pop out. Dexter scored its first run with a double to the gap in left-center. Mabel Robeson down the third base line. Schwartzenberger looked the runner back to third and threw Robeson out at first. The runner turned back toward home. The throw home was too high and too late.
Saline went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth, Dexter’s first batter bunted the runner over to third. A Saline error allowed the run to score. In the bottom of the eighth, Bauer bunted Heren over to third but the next two batters struck out.