Huron baseball showed grit and determination against Saline, the defending state champions but came up short against the talented Hornets.
In game one, the River Rats kept the Hornets quiet in the batter’s box, and the game remained scoreless through five innings. But, with one run in the sixth and one in the top of the seventh for Saline, the Rats fell short in a 2-0 loss.
Right off the bat in game two, Huron came out swinging. After giving up two runs in the top of the first, the River Rats got them right back. Second batter up, Scotty White (SS) walked and then moved to second on an error by the third baseman when Alex Cole (1B) rocketed the ball towards him. Clean-up hitter Clayton Skinner (3B) crushed a double to right-center field, bringing White across the plate.
Two batters later, Cole scored on a single and the Rats were even with the Hornets.
Both teams put the ball in play over the course of the next two innings, but solid defense kept the score tied until the fourth. The hard-hitting Hornets couldn’t stay silence for long though. Between the fourth and fifth innings they scored six runs and the River Rats had no answer, falling 8-2.
Despite the final score, Huron looked strong top to bottom in the batter’s box. The River Rats were patient at the plate and made great contact. Defensively, the team looked solid, making routine plays and a couple spectacular catches.