The Saline baseball community is rallying of Dave Sontag, the coach who helped finally bring a state championship to the Hornets.
Sontag is in Seattle battling leukemia. In 2018, the disease forced Sontag to leave his position as head coach of the Saline varsity baseball team. Sontag has been fighting for his life ever since.
The Saline baseball will honor coach Sontag before Saturday’s doubleheader against Dexter.
Activities will begin on the Saline diamond around 11:30 a.m. At 11:45 a.m., Ryan Sontag, Dave’s son, will throw out the first pitch. Youth baseball players, from Saline Area Youth Baseball and Softball, have been encouraged to wear their uniforms to the game and line up on the infield for the national anthem. The youth players will have the opportunity to run the bases between games. A bounce house will be set up near the diamond.
The Saline baseball coaching staff sent out an invitation to the community.
“This day is about a lot more than just two baseball games. These games are about supporting a man (Dave Sontag) and his family that has and will always remain a huge part of Saline Baseball and the Hornet Athletic Family. Our players, coaches, alumni and anyone who has come in contact with Coach Sontag has felt the lasting benefit of his lessons and positive energy over the years. He is a special man and it's our turn to help him and his family in their time of need.”