Saline Softball Falls in District Finals

Maddie Shelton heads to third against Lincoln. Picture by Mike Williamson

The Saline softball team saw its season end in the district finals Saturday, falling to a hard-hitting Ypsilanti Lincoln squad 8-4.

The Hornets took an early 3-0 lead in the first on a Lincoln error and a two-run single by Lindsay Rittenhouse.

Lincoln got two back in the third, but Dani Cobello came up with a clutch two-out RBI single to make it 4-2.

The Splitters bats came to life in the fifth with three runs to take a 5-4 lead.

Lincoln took advantage to a pair of walks in the sixth, adding a pair of runs to make it 7-4. The Hornets put two runners on in the bottom of the inning, but a groundout ended the threat.

A single run in the seventh for Lincoln extended the lead to 8-4 and the Hornets went out in order to end the game.

Cobello finished with two hits and an RBI, while Maddie Sheldon had two hits and scored a run. Rittenhouse finished with a hit and two RBI and Kelsey Alexander a hit and run scored.

The Hornets reached the finals by beating Ann Arbor Pioneer 10-0.

Saline jumped to a quick 7-0 lead with four in the first and three in the second and cruised to the five-inning win.

Emma Schwartzenberger led the offense with three hits and two RBI. Alexander and Brooke Bauer each had a pair of hits and two RBI, Shelton a hit and two RBI, Ashley Heren and Isabella Darmos a hit and RBI each, and Cobello a hit and two runs scored. Alex Pace earned the win, striking out one and allowing five hits.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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