Saline Baseball Opens Strong

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The Saline baseball team had a strong start to the new season by going 3-0 its opening week.

Aidan Arbaugh and Caden Koob started things off on the right foot for Saline as the two combined for a 3-0 no-hitter over Fenton Tuesday, April 6.

Arbaugh and Koob combined for six strikeout and walked just three while allowing no hits in the contest.

While the pitchers were dealing, the Hornets offense was struggling with just one hit through five innings before breaking out in the bottom of the sixth.

With one out Arbaugh doubled and after a walk put two runners on Kyler Blake-Jones ripped a two-run double to put the Hornets on top 2-0. Braden Larusso then plated Blake-Jones with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 heading to the seventh where Koob put Fenton down in order to end the game.

Zach Socha had the other hit for the Hornets.

The second game was called because of darkness after four innings tied at three.

The Hornets hosted Dexter in a doubleheader Friday and came away with a pair of wins.

Saline rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the opener 7-6.

Luke Rykard singled and Bobby Butler doubled to put two runners on for the Hornets. Arbaugh then singled to drive home both to make it 6-4 with no one out. An August Hutchison double and a hit batter loaded the bases. Following a strike out a passed ball moved the runners up and cut the lead to 6-5. Giuseppe Gottfried then stepped to the plate and ripped a two-run walk-off single to give Saline the 7-6 win.

Butler finished with two hits and a run scored, while Arbaugh and Gottfried both had a hit and two RBI. Socha and Blake-Jones also had hits for the Hornets.

Aidan Carlson earned the win in relief for Saline, but it was Larusso who shut down the Dreadnaughts in relief after Dexter had taken a 5-0 lead. LaRusso struck out five and allowed two hits over four innings of relief to keep the Hornets in striking distance.

Rykard and Hutchison smacked home runs in the second game as the Hornets took down Dexter 7-3 to finish the sweep.

Arbaugh added two hits and an RBI and Chance Bezeau a hit and RBI for Saline. Ian Balint earned the win on the mound striking out five in three innings of work.

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