Saline’s varsity baseball team improved to 3-0 when they swept a doubleheader from Farmington at home Thursday afternoon.
Saline won 6-0 and 2-1.
In the opener senior Sean O’Keefe earned the win, pitching six-innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. He struck out eight batters and walked none. Justin Flanagan pitched a hitless inning of relief.
Saline scored a run in each of the first two innings, added a run in the fourth and then put it away with three in the bottom of the sixth. Jayden Beslkus was 3-for-3 with two RBI. Ryan Foley was 2-for-4, including a double, with two RBI and a run scored. Kellen Huang was 2-for-4, including a double. Jacob Finkbeiner doubled. Ethan Collick and Sean Millspaugh also had hits.
After O’Keefe put Farmington down in order, Saline scored in the bottom of the first. Foley and Huang each had singles and Zach Schwartzenberger walked. O’Keefe hit into a doubleplay to score Foley.
In the second inning, O’Keefe allowed a lead-off double but then retired Farmington in order to escape unharmed. Cole Daniels walked to start the bottom of the inning. Beslkus singled with one out. Daniels scored from second when Millspaugh hit into a fielder’s choice to short.
O’Keefe kept rolling in the third, putting down Farmington 1-2-3 with two strikeouts.
Farmington finally got a runner on base after an error in the Saline infield to lead off the fourth. The runner took second. O’Keefe struck out the next batter. The next hitter grounded to Huang at second. The runner advanced to third. O’Keefe escaped by inducing a grounder to Jake Finkbeiner at short.
Finkbeiner led off the bottom of the inning with a double to centerfield. He took third on Daniels’ sacrifice fly and scored on a two-out single by to center by Beslkus.
Another Saline error allowed a baserunner to reach base in the fifth. But O’Keefe retired the next two hitters on a pop out and line out. Saline led 3-0 after five.
In the sixth, O’Keefe retired Farmington 1-2-3, getting the last two on strikeouts.
Saline rallied in the bottom of the inning with two outs. Collick singled to right and stole second. He scored when Beslkus’ flyball got past the second basemen. Millspaugh singled to put runners on the corner. Foley doubled to center scoring Millspaugh and pinch runner Vinnie Patteri.
Flanagan retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the seventh before plonking a batter. He got the next hitter to ground out to Millspaugh at third, ending the game.
The second game, which Saline won 2-1, was called off after 5 ½ innings due to darkness.
Danny Wiedmayer earned the win in the second game. He went four innings, allowing two hits while striking out five and walking none. Tyler Zmich pitched one inning of relief and gave up a run on one hit while striking out two. Zach Scwartzenberger pitched 1/3 of an inning at walked a batter. Paul Kiyabu earned the save, getting the final two outs.
Saline scored in the first and fourth. Farmington scored its run in the fifth.
Foley went 2-for-2 with a run scored. O’Keefe, Wiedmayer and Beslkus also had hits. Beslkus and Flanagan drove in Saline’s runs.
Wiedmayer retired the side in order in the top of the first. Foley led off the bottom of the first with an infield single. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Flanagan’s sac fly to right.
Wiedmayer retired Farmington in order again in the second. Farmington finally got a hit off of him in the top of the third, but Wiedmayer never let him get past first base.
In the bottom of the third, Foley doubled to left field with one out. He took third with one out but Saline couldn’t cash him in.
Wiedmayer gave up a one-out single in the fourth. The runner advanced to second on a ground-out back to the mound. Wiedmayer escaped by striking out the next batter.
O’Keefe led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to third base. He scored when Wiedmayer doubled on a line drive to center. Wiedmayer took third on a one-out single by Beslkus but Saline couldn’t bring him home.
Zmich relieved Wiedmayer in the top of the fifth. He gave up an infield single to start the inning. The next hitter reached base on an infield error, putting runners on the corners. The next batter ground out to Miller at third, and couldn’t bring home the runner. Zmich looked like he might escape the inning when he struck out the next batter. But the next batter reached on an infield error. Zmich escaped further trouble by fanning the next batter.
Saline led 2-1.
The Hornets were retired in order in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth, Zach Schwartzenberger relieved Zmich. He walked the lead off man. He got the next hitter on a ground ball to Tristan Marion at second, but the runner moved to second. Kiyabu entered and got the next batter to fly out to Patteri in center. Kiyabu closed the game when he got the next batter to pop out to Jacob Ohren-Hoeft at short.
Saline visits Plymouth for a doubleheader Saturday.