The Huron baseball team started out strong but a few mental errors, a little bad luck and a huge inning by Saline helped end the River Rats’ season in a District final game on Monday at Saline.
Coming off an impressive win in their semifinal game against Pioneer on Saturday, the River Rats had to wait until Monday to face the Hornets in the District final. The visitors took a 2-0 lead in the second but Saline tied the game in the third and then broke it up with eight runs in the fifth inning for a 10-3 win.
Saline was able to overcome five errors to only one for Huron.
Saline had eight hits to six for Huron.
Huron got things rolling in the second inning when William Downer doubled on a 1-2 count to drive home a run as the River Rats led 2-0.
But Saline took advantage of a couple of bad bounces and mental errors by the River Rats in the third inning. On a steal attempt, the River Rats couldn’t handle the throw to second and the ball rolled into the outfield. The Saline runner came all the way around to score on the play after Huron took its time to get the ball back into the infield.
The Hornets scored another run in the inning when Huron’s right fielder couldn’t find a fly ball in the sun. It was that kind of inning.
But Hayden Glover pitched his way out of trouble with the score tied at 2-2. Glover was solid early for the River Rats. He took the loss but allowed just one hit and four runs with six strikeouts over four innings – several of the runs were not his fault.
But Saline busted things open with an eight-run fifth inning. Saline’s Logan Evans went 3-for-4 with a double and triple and three RBI and Cam Daniels had a double with two RBI for the Hornets.
Glover, Ozan Uyulur, Downer, Taha Ebrahim, Richard Hurley, and Alex Cole each collected one hit to lead Huron. Downer and Ebrahim had doubles.