Chelsea Softball Powers Past Saline





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Peighton Root beats the throw home to score against Saline. Picture by Mike Williamson

The Chelsea bats were booming in an SEC crossover matchup with Saline Friday as the Bulldogs cranked three home runs en route to a 14-3 win over the Hornets.

Saline took the lead in the first with an unearned run, but the Bulldogs answered with four of their own on RBI singles by Peighton Root and Grace Bush, and a two-run single by Caroline Hirth.

The Bulldogs added three more in the second on a two-run shot by Alise Hale that hit the left-field foul pole and a run-scoring bunt single by Hayley Townsend for a 7-1 lead after two.



They added four more in the third on a two-run single by Maddie Vasquez and then Sydney Hines ripped a line drive that cleared the left field fence for a two-run homer and an 11-1 lead.

Saline got one back in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Makenzie Marion to make it 11-2 after four.

Elaina Walker ripped an RBI single in the sixth for Saline to make it 11-3, but Hale ended it with a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth for the 14-3 win for the Bulldogs.

Hale finished with three hits and five RBI including the two home runs to lead Chelsea. Sydnee Liedel had three hits and three runs scored, while Hines had two hits and two RBI including her home run. Root had two hits and an RBI, Hirth, and Vasquez a hit and two RBI each, Grace Bush and Townsend a hit and RBI, Stephanie Dark and Hannah Kahler a hit each.

Townsend was the winning pitcher allowing six hits and striking out one.

Brooke Bauer led Saline with two hits and a run scored, while Walker had a hit and RBI. Maddie Shelton and Lindsay Rittenhouse also had hit for the Hornets.

The Bulldogs opened the week sweeping Tecumseh 16-12 and 11-2 in a big SEC White showdown earlier in the week.

Kemp led the offense with five hits and three RBI, while Hale had three hits and three RBI. Hines added three hits and two RBI, Vasquez two hits and four RBI, Phoebe Kahler two hits and three RBI, Liedel two hits and an RBI, and Root, two hits and a run scored.

Kemp earned the win striking out five.

The Bulldogs scored six in the second inning of the second game to pull away for the 11-2 win.

Root led the offense with three hits and three RBI. Liedel and Vasquez had two runs and an RBI each, Kemp and Hale two hits each, Hine a hit and three RBI, Bush a hit and two RBI, and Stephanie Dark a hit and run scored. Kemp struck out two for the win.

Chelsea rolled past Ann Arbor Huron 13-1 Wednesday.

Vasquez led the offense with two hits and four RBI. Emily Savery had a hit and two RBI, while Hines had a hit and RBI. Townsend picked up the win with two strikeouts.

The Bulldogs fell for the first time this season Saturday morning to Salem 8-5.

The game was tied 5-5 after five when Hines smacked a home run to tie it, but Salem scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to pull out the win.

Hines finished with three hits and an RBI, while Hale had two hits and two RBI, including a home run.

Chelsea bounced back to defeat Gibraltar Carlson 7-1.

Liedel led the way with two hits and two RBI, while Hines had a hit and two RBI. Hale and Hannah Kahler each had a hit and RBI.

Townsend earned the win, striking out three.

The Bulldogs finished the week mercying Jackson 12-2.

Root led the offense with two hits and three RBI, while Vasquez and Hannah Kahler each had two hits and two RBI. Hale added two hits and an RBI and Savery a hit and RBI. Kemp earned the win, striking out six.

Chelsea improved to 15-1 overall on the season.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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