Saline’s varsity baseball team improved to 3-1 with a sweep of Parma Western Monday, 14-0 and 9-2.
The Hornets went with their 1-2 punch of Logan Evans and Lance Blaszak on the mound – and both delivered strong performances.
In the opener, Logan Evans gave up just two hits in four innings of shutout pitching. He walked none and struck out five. Ryan Steinhauer pitched an inning of hitless and scoreless relief, walking two and striking out one.
Senior Aidan Corrigan homered and drove in five runs for the Hornets. Alex Morrison homered, singled and drove in three runs. Noah Nelson didn’t have a hit, but he drove in two runs and scored four times. Logan Evans tripled and drove in a pair of runs.
Saline had nine hits.
The Hornets jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Nelson reached on an error. Aidan Corrigan followed with a two-run home run over the rightfield fence.
The next batter, Alex Morrison, homered to left.
Saline added a run in the second inning. Nelson was hit by a pitch. He stole second and third and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Corrigan.
Saline exploded for six runs in the bottom of the third. The entire rally happened two out. Brad Baldus doubled to right. He scored on a single to center by Cal Daniels. Mark Harden singled to left, scoring courtesy runner Kolton Malinczak. Noah Nelson walked and Corrigan was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Morrison singled to score two runs, making it 8-0. Logan Evans tripled on a sky-high fly ball to the warning track in left, driving in two more runs.
In the fourth, Saline added four more runs. Aidan Arbaugh singled and Baldus was hit by a pitch. Daniels walked to load the bases. Noah Nelson reached on an infield error, scoring Baldus and Arbaugh. Corrigan grounded out to first, driving in Malinczak and Nelson.
Lance Blaszak pitched four innings of three-hit, shutout baseball in the second game. He walked none and struck out eight. Steinhauer (1 IP, 2H, 2R, 1K, 1BB) and Arbaugh (1 IP, 1H, 0R, 1K) pitched in relief.
The game was called before the bottom of the sixth due to darkness.
Saline used a six-run third inning to pull away.
Saline scored its first run in the bottom of the second. Kyler Blake Jones walked and scored on a double by Harden. In the third, the first six Hornets reached base. Malinczak walked. Garrison Miller reached on an error. Nelson singled to short – scoring Malinczak, who’d advanced on a wild pitch. Arbaugh singled to left, scoring Miller. Morrison was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Evans cleared the bases with a three-run double to right, making it 6-0. He scored on a ground ball to second from Jack O’Keefe. Saline led 7-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Belson singled and scored on a double to right by Arbaugh.
Western scored two runs in the top of the fifth. Saline added a run in the bottom of the inning. O’Keefe doubled to center and scored on a single by Luke Rykard.
Saline hosts Plymouth for a doubleheader Thursday.