Saline defeated Milan, 5-4, in a pre-season varsity girls softball tune-up Friday at Saline High School.
The Hornets came from behind twice, using six hits and three Milan errors to win.
Sophomore Elaina Walker pitched two shutout innings in relief and was credited with the win. She allowed one hit, no walks and struck out three. Alex Pace started for Saline. She went 3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and three walks. Pace struck out five. Dani Cobello pitched 2 innings, giving up two runs on two walks and a bloop single. Cobello struck out two.
Ashley Heren went 1-for-3 with and double two RBI and two runs scored. Madison Shelton was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Pace went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Kelsey Alexander went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored. Isabella Darmos was 1-for-3 with a double. Isabelle Stephenson walked and scored a run.
Milan got to Pace for two runs in the top of the first. Pace walked the lead-off hitter and allowed a single. A one-out throwing error by the shortstop allowed Milan to score a run. A second run scored on an infield grounder. Pace got the final out with a groundball to short.
Saline put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the second. Darmos doubled to left with one out but the Hornets couldn’t move her across. Meanwhile, Pace had settled in. In the top of the third she allowed a walk and single with one-out but then escaped with a strikeout and a line-out to Shelton at second.
The Hornets finally broke through in the bottom of the inning. Stephenson walked. Alexander doubled with a line drive to center. Both scored on Heren’s double to left. Heren took third and then scored in a sacrifice bunt by Shelton. Saline led 3-2.
Cobello came in to pitch in the fourth. She set Milan down in order, striking out the final batter of the inning. The Hornets went down in order in the bottom of the inning. Milan got to Cobello for two runs in the fifth. Cobello walked two of the first three batters. With one out, she got a force out at third base on a groundball to Abigail Kleinschmidt at short. But Milan scored two runs on a bloop single that fell between the rightfielder and second basemen. There was some dispute about whether the second run should have counted, because rightfielder Amanda Jedele threw out the runner at second-base. The inning ended in a 3-3 tie. But after discussing the situation with the coaches, the umpires ruled Milan should be awarded the second run.
Saline responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Pace led with a single to left. The next two batters struck out. Heren reached base when the second basemen botched a ground ball. Shelton singled to right, tying the game at four. Kleinschmidt reached base on another infield error, allowing Saline to score the game winner.
Walked moved to the circle for the sixth inning. She struck out the first two batters and got the third out on an infield fly. She allowed a two-out single in the top of the seventh. The game ended with Shelton throwing out the runner trying to steal second.