The defending Division 1 state champion Saline baseball team saw its repeat chances come to an end in the regional finals at Southgate Saturday, falling to Woodhaven 3-2.
The game was a pitchers duel for five innings as neither team could push a runner across the plate.
Woodhaven broke through in the sixth by putting its first two batters on with singles. After a sacrifice bunt, the Hornets issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Saline got a strikeout to get the second out, but Woodhaven came through with a two-out double to clear the bases for a 3-0 lead.
Saline would rally in the seventh.
Cole Daniels singled with one out and with two out Alex Morrison doubled in a run to make it 3-1. Pinch-hitter Cam Daniels then singled to make it 3-2, but Woodhaven got a pop-up to first to end the game and the Hornets season.
The Hornets could muster just five hits, with three coming in the seventh. Woodhaven’s pitcher racked up 13 strikeouts in the game.
Danny Weidmayer took the loss on the mound, striking out five and allowing six hits.
The Hornets reached the finals by defeating Plymouth 5-4 in 8-innings earlier in the day.
A Logan Evans RBI single and a pair of Plymouth errors gave the Hornets a 3-0 lead in the 2nd.
The Hornets bats were silenced after that and Plymouth started the peck away at the lead with a run in the 5th.
The Wildcats would rally in the seventh with a pair of runs to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
Two walks and a single by Evans loaded the bases in the eighth for Saline. An error by the shortstop gave the Hornets a 4-3 lead and they scored another run in a run down to make it 5-3.
Plymouth would rally once again, scoring a run in the eighth and had runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs, but Ryan Steinhauer got a strikeout to end the game.
Evans led the offense with two hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Paul Kiyabu, Morrison, and Regan Miller each had hits. Evans also earned the win in relief, striking out one in one inning of work. Steinhauer got the save, striking out one.