The Saline varsity baseball team split a doubleheader for the second time in three days. Saline beat Dexter 4-3 and lost 7-3.
Josh Nelson went the distance in Saline’s victory, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. He gave up three runs.
Saline managed just six hits on Dexter pitcher Micah Berlage. Ryan Foley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Dexter scored in the top of the first. Seth Jaimez singled and scored on Cameron Milne’s double. Saline tied the game in the bottom of the third. Ryan Foley bunted for a single with one out. He advanced to second when Zach Schwartzenberger was hit by a pitch. Thomas Miller singled to score Foley.
Saline added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jake Finkbeiner singled to lead off the inning. He scored when Richard Hovde stroked a one-out double to right-centerfield. Hovde took third on a wild pitch and then scored on a single by Foley. Saline led 3-1.
Dexter got one back in the fifth. Again, Jaimez singled and scored on a double by Milne. Nelson struck out the next batter and got the third out on an infield fly.
The Hornets padded their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Miller walked to lead off the inning and scored on a double to center by Zachary Owings.
Nelson got into a little double in the seventh when he hit the leadoff hitter, Jaimez. He took second on a wild pitch and then went to third on an out. Stewie Weber singled him home. Nelson got the next hitter to fly out to third. He plonked Grant Katcher to put runners at first and second, but got Chase Rojek to fly out to pitcher’s mound to end the game.
Saline jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second game and then watched Dexter score the game’s final seven runs. Dexter starter Nick Winston earned the win, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk. He struck out four.
Reliever Sean Millspaugh was tagged with the loss. He gave up two runs on three hits.
Starter Cole Daniels went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks. He fanned six. John Holt gave up three hits in a run in relief of Millspaugh. Ted Eppinga came in to get the game’s final six outs. He gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two.
In the bottom of the first, Schwartzenberger led off with a walk. Miller reached base on an error. Owings laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error, allowing Miller and Schwartzenberger to score. Finkbeiner doubled to center to score Owings. Saline led 3-0.
Dexter tied the game in the top of the third. Daniels gave up a single and two walks. Grant Katcher doubled to left-center to drive in three runs.
In the bottom of the fifth the Hornets nearly took the lead. With one out, Thomas Miller doubled to right. Owings singled right. Miller was thrown out trying to score.
Dexter responded with four runs in the sixth. Katcher and Chase Rojek singled off Millspaugh. Holt entered the game gave up three straight RBI singles to Brenden Ritter, Ryan Flattery and Joey Hiser. Eppinga entered the game and walked the next batter. But he struck out Milne and then got Weber to ground into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.
The Hornets were hitless in their final two innings.