Saline bounced back from an ugly loss to Bedford to defeat Adrian 10-3 Wednesday. The win improved Saline’s record to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC Red.
After beating Bedford 7-6 in the opening game of Monday’s doubleheader, Saline dropped the nightcap 20-4. Needless to say, coach Alicia Seegert wanted a better effort from her team.
“I liked the way we played. We put it back together pretty well today,” Seegert said.
Saline pounded 12 hits on Adrian pitching. Amanda Enners (2-for-3, 1 home run, 3 RBI), Olivia Darmos, Brooke Bauer, Katherine McCollum and Anna-Jo Stewart each had two hits. Rachel Dunn and Cameron York each had one hit and an RBI.
Starter Emily Baldus went seven innings. She scattered seven hits and walked none, giving up three runs, all unearned. Baldus also struck out nine batters.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Kathryn McCollum doubled.
Next up, Amanda Enners smashed the first homerun of her varsity softball career.
“Her first pitch was always like right down the middle. It looked like a big, nice meatball. After I hit it I just knew it was out. It felt really good,” Enners said. “Getting mobbed at home plate felt really good too.”
Saline led 2-0 but they weren’t done yet. Brooke Bauer smashed a double to left.
She scored on a line drive single from Olivia Darmos, who took second on the throw. Rachel Dunn followed with a single to score Darmos. Saline led 4-0.
The onslaught continued in the fifth. Anna-Jo Stewart singled. Ashley Heren reached base on a force out. She took third on a line drive double to right from McCollum and then scored on a passed ball.
Enners singled to left to score McCollum. Bauer doubled to put runners on second and third.
Darmos singled to score Enners. Bauer came home on a wild pitch. Darmos scored on a single by Cameron York.
Saline led 9-0.
The Maples used a couple of errors in the outfield to score three runs in the top of the sixth. Saline added one more in the bottom of the sixth. Heren reached on an error and came around to score Saline’s 10th run in the bottom of the sixth.
Baldus gave up two hits in the seventh but got the final hitter to fly out to right to end the game.
The Saline Post 3 Stars
1) Amanda Enners - Hit her first varsity homer and drove in a team-high three runs. She wasn't tested much Wednesday, but she's been sound at third base, too.
2) Emily Baldus - Keeps winning games for Saline. She throws strikes. Nine strikeouts vs. zero walks.
3) Kathryn McCollum - There were several Hornets with two hits, and Ashley Heren also used speed on the bases to score twice, but McCollum gets the nod. She hit two doubles and played well at first.