Saline Softball to Battle with Lincoln for SEC Red Title

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It all comes down to this as the Saline softball team will travel to Lincoln Thursday to take on the Splitters in a showdown for the SEC Red title.

The Hornets hold a one game lead over Lincoln and need one win in the doubleheader to clinch the Red title.

Saline swept a pair of crossover games Tuesday to improved to 16-2 in the conference and to earn the shot at the league title.

A big nine-run fourth inning pushed the Hornets to a 10-1 win over Adrian in the opener.

Adrian took a 1-0 lead in the third, but the Hornets would take control in the fourth. Grace Munn started thing with a single and scored on a double steal to tie the game. A Maple error put the Hornets up 2-1. After a walk, Megan Guerard doubled in a run and Sydney Hastings drove in two with a single to make it 5-1. Kaleigh McClelland followed with an RBI single and Munn, batting for the second time drilled a three-run homer to make it 9-1 after four.

Saline would add one more in the fifth on a triple by Guerard and a RBI single by Hastings. 

Guerard tossed a complete game three-hitter striking out nine for the Hornets.

Hastings led the offense with three hits and three RBI, while Munn had two hits, a home run and three RBI. Guerard finished with two hits and an RBI, McClelland a hit and RBI, and Clara Cherry a hit and run scored.

Saline took on Jackson in the second game and quickly put the Vikings away with 13 first inning run and cruised to 15-0 win.

Munn tossed a three-inning no-hitter striking out five for the Hornets.

Cherry had two triples, a double and four RBI to lead the offense. Jillian Whitley had two hits and three RBI, while Emily Sweetland had two hits and an RBI. Munn added a hit and two RBI, Karli Dorr a hit and RBI, and McClelland a hit and three runs scored.

Saline improved to 19-9 overall on the season. 

Photos by Mike Williamson

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