Saline baseball loses district final on Bedford walk-off single after stranding 14 runners
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
MONROE -- The Saline baseball team had baserunners in every inning against Temperance Bedford standout pitcher Jackson Lamb in Monday afternoon’s district final. But none of them came around to score, and the Kicking Mules got the lone run of the afternoon on a walk-off single in a 1-0 win Monday afternoon at Monroe High School.
The Hornets loaded the bases three times and stranded 14 baserunners on the day as their season came to an end.
Temperance Bedford had only five baserunners through the first five innings. But Saline pitcher Michael Hendrickson issued a walk to start the seventh, and back-to-back errors loaded the bases.
The Hornets almost escaped after Bedford struck out and was caught in a rundown for the second out. But Bedford’s Jakob Letson notched a single to center field with two outs to bring in the winning run.
Lamb, the Michigan-committed senior, gave up only one hit and struck out seven Hornets, but also issued 10 walks on the day and gave Saline ample chances to score.
Hendrickson countered with a three-hit outing of his own. The Kicking Mules hit a one-out double in the bottom of the fourth and eventually loaded the bases before Hendrickson finished with a strikeout and a groundout. Lamb hit a single in the bottom of the sixth before Hendrickson got another strikeout.
Saline loaded the bases in the first inning on an error and two walks, before ending the inning on a strikeout.
Thomas Miller walked with two outs in the second and advanced to second base on a passed ball. But the inning ended when Bedford center fielder Lucas Mayo caught a line drive that Saline coach Scott Theisen vehemently argued hit the ground before it was caught.
Hendrickson got the Hornets’ lone hit of the day in the top of the third, and the Hornets loaded the bases with one out before a strikeout and a flyout ended the inning.
Saline’s offensive day ended in the top of the seventh, when the Hornets got runners to second and third with one out and loaded the bases with two outs before striking out to end the inning.
Saline advanced to the district final with a 6-0 win over Lincoln earlier in the day. Trent Theisen led the Hornets with three hits in that game, while Hendrickson drove in two.