Saline pounded three home runs off Chelsea pitching, but it wasn’t nearly enough to prevent the Bulldogs from victory. Chelsea won 16-6.
Kelsey Alexander went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI and Brooke Bauer hit a solo home run for Saline. Alex Pace, Lindsay Rittenhouse and Maddie Shelton also had hits for Saline.
Freshman Elaina Walker had a strong start for the Hornets, giving up just one run in the first two innings. But Chelsea tagged Walker and Alex Pace for 13 runs in the third. Dani Cobello pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk.
On Monday, Saline split with Pioneer, losing 9-5 and winning 6-5.
In the opener, Pace pitched a complete game, giving up five runs on 10 hits and five walks while striking out 10. Bauer homered, singled and drove in two runs. Pace singled, doubled and drove in two runs. Ashley Heren had two singles and two RBI. Kelsey Alexander singled, stole two bases and scored two runs. Rittenhouse, Shelton and Isabella Darmos also had singles.
The game was tied after Pioneer scored in the top of the sixth. Darmos led off in the bottom of the inning with a single. Alexander hit into a fielder’s choice and was safe at first. She stole second and scored after tagging up on a line out by right field by Heren. Pace gave up a lead off single but stranded the tying run at second base.
Saline was unable to recover from a five-run outburst by the Pioneers in the second game.
Pioneer scored two runs in the first. Saline responded with three in the bottom of the inning. Pioneer chased Cobello with the five-run second inning. Pace pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits. She struck out three. Saline made four errors.
Bauer went 3-for-4 with three singles, two RBI and two runs scored. Shelton had two hits. Emma Schwartzenberger, Darmos, Alexander and Heren also singled.