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Allen Park falls short vs. No. 1-ranked Saline in regional semis PHOTO GALLERY

  • Allen Park starting pitcher David Villareal went the distance on Saturday against Saline. Villareal and the Jaguars gave the No. 1-ranked Hornets a battle but ultimately suffered a 5-0 defeat in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park's Carlos Agens gets ready to swing at a pitch on Saturday during the the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals against Saline at Dearborn Edsel Ford. The Jags fell to the Hornets by a score of 5-0. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)
  • Allen Park fell to Saline by a score of 5-0 in the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals at Dearborn Edsel Ford on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Frank Wladyslawski)

Last season Allen Park headed to Saline for Division 1 Regionals and gave the powerhouse Hornets a battle in the semifinals before bowing out of the state tournament.

On Saturday, the Jaguars were up against Saline again in the regional semis, this time at nearby Dearborn Edsel Ford.

Once again Allen Park came out strong against the Hornets, as it trailed by only two runs heading into the bottom of the sixth.

However, the No. 1-ranked Saline squad was able to add three more runs at that point and went on to a 5-0 victory.

In the 2016 regional semis, the Jags (21-10) fell by a score of 4-3 against the Hornets (36-3), who reached the state championship and fell by only a run to Warren De La Salle.

On Saturday, Allen Park had to face standout pitcher Cole Daniels, who is committed to University of Kentucky.

In seven innings, Daniels struck out 12 batters, allowed only two hits and two walks and hit one batter.

“You come here you expect to hit,” said Jags Coach Glenn Gulliver. “We had two weeks of practice. We thought we would be alright, but the guy shut us down, he threw (well).

“We made a couple stupid mistakes to give them that lead. I think we needed to get a lead to put a little pressure on them maybe, but that’s how it goes.”

Allen Park’s two hits came from Devin Basley and Mateo Balderas and both came in the second inning. Jakob Marsee and Carlos Agens drew the two walks.

David Villareal started on the mound for Allen Park and went the distance. He allowed five earned runs, eight hits and three walks and he struck out one batter.

Basley led off the top of the second with a single. He moved to second base on an error and was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Austin Dietz.

Balderas hit a two-out single and moved Dietz to second, but Daniels was able to get a strikeout to end the inning.

Saline got on the board in the bottom half of the inning when Zach Schwartzenberger drove in Daniels’ courtesy runner Alex Morrison.

Down 1-0, the Jags got two runners on to start the top of the third, as Cal Coaltrain was hit by a pitch and Marsee walked.

Tyler Beachnau hit a ground ball and reached on a fielder’s choice after Coaltrain was forced out at third.

With two men on, Agens hit a hard line drive toward the opposite field. Unfortunately for Allen Park, Hornets first baseman Ted Eppinga was able to snag it for the second out and soon after a fly ball ended the threat.

Saline made it a 2-0 game in the bottom of the third with an RBI hit from Jacob Finkbeiner that plated Ryan Foley.

Over the next two innings, Villareal only faced six batters, but a walk to Agens in the top of the sixth turned out to be the Jags’ only other base runner in the game.

In the bottom of the sixth Finkbeiner and Sean O’Keefe led off with back-to-back singles.

Allen Park turned a double play on a ball hit by Daniels, but it turned into another Hornets’ run, as Finkbeiner scored on the play and gave his team a 3-0 advantage.

After a walk to Schwartzenberger, Ethan Collick stepped to the plate and blasted a two-run homer to give Saline a commanding 5-0 lead.

Daniels retired the side in order in the top of the seventh and brought the Allen Park season to a close.

In the championship game on Saturday, Saline knocked off Temperance Bedford 9-4 and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

Overall, the Jags won their third consecutive district championship this spring and finished in third place in the Downriver League with a 12-5 record.

Last Updated: 6/12/2017 5:26:59 AM EST