It was a rainy, windy and cool opening week of May in Hornet Country. But that didn't seem to bother Saline's varsity sports teams.
Here's a look at last week and some notes on the action to come.
Saline went 5-0 for the week, including 3-0 in the SEC Red. The Hornets swept Monroe and sit atop the SEC Red with a 9-0 record. The Hornets are getting great pitching from their “Big 3,” starters Cole Daniels, Danny Weidmayer and Sean O’Keefe. At the plate, O’Keefe has seven home runs, leading a ferocious offense.
The Hornets are 20-1 and ranked as the top Division 1 team in the state.
Saline takes on the always tough Bedford Kicking Mules this week, with two games at Bedford Monday and a game at home Wednesday. Saline hosts the district tournament May 30-June 3.
The Lady Hornets improved to 11-7 overall by going 2-1 this week. Saline opened the week by splitting a doubleheader with Monroe, losing 11-7 and coming back to win, 15-7. Brooke Bauer hit three home runs and had 10 RBI. Olivia Darmos also hit two home runs. Ann-Jo Stuart, Amanda Enners and Emily Baldus also hit home runs.
The Hornets defeated Ypsilanti 15-0 on Wednesday. Bauer went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Kelsey Alexander, Darmos, and Enners also had two hits. Alex Pace pitched three shutout innings for the win. Saline opens the week at Bedford with a doubleheader Monday.
Like the baseball team, Saline hosts the district May 2-June 3.
Track and Field
The Golden Triangle? It looked like the Bermuda Triangle and felt like the Grey Triangle.
The state’s biggest track meet nearly washed away. And by the time the finals began at 4 p.m., many of the 2,150 athletes had gone home (In fact, some schools didn’t come at all).
Still the Hornet boys won three of the four relays. Spencer Leslie ran a very good 800 meters, placing fifth. Jameson Swanson won the 110 hurdles. Ryan Farr placed third in the 300 hurdles in a personal best time. And Bennett Drake took third in shot put.
On the girls side, freshman Amera Boyd placed third in the 100. Freshman Lauryn Hunt was third in the 400. Jessi Larson finished eighth in the 3200. Freshman Emily Cook was fourth in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 100 hurles. The Saline 4-by-800 team (Cummings/Cantrell/Fortino/Vaughan) finished third.
Saline visits Bedford Friday for the SEC Championship meet.
The regional is May 19 at Saline.
Saline is riding a five-game win streak since the April 21 tie against Pioneer. Last week Saline beat Monroe 9-0 and Lincoln 8-0. Emily Eitzman scored three goals against Monroe. Bella Petrock scored two goals against Lincoln.
Saline is 4-0-1 after its first cycle through the SEC. The Hornets host Bedford Tuesday and then have a huge rematch against Pioneer May 11.
Saline started the week by watching Huron snap its 17-game win streak. The Hornets finished the week by beating Walled Lake 17-2. Maddy Murphy continued her assault on Michigan high school water polo goalies, scoring five times. Cassie Anderson scored four goals and Hope Smith added a pair of goals.
Saline enters this week’s district tournament at Huron as the top seed.
There’s a good chance Saline and Huron will have a rematch in the district championship game at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
Saline bounced back from the 13-8 loss to Brother Rice by winning three games. The Hornets beat Skyline, 10-9, and then beat up Bedford, 22-5. Saturday, Saline beat Haslett 12-3.
Against Skyline, Davis Bruneau scored four goals. Tyler Krummenacher scored once and had four assists.
The Hornets, 10-3, host Huron Monday and then visit Tecumseh on Friday.
Regional play begins May 24 at Canton.