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Ratledge sharp as Shorians defeat Stevenson PHOTO GALLERY

  • Jackie Miller (10) offers her congratulations to Lake Shore pitcher Sarah Ratledge following the Shorians' 3-1 win over Stevenson. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • Sophomore Mackenzie Maison was all smiles as she rounded third base after hitting a two-run home run in the second inning for the Shorians. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • Andie Lane crosses the plate in the fifth inning, giving Lake Shore a 3-0 lead over Stevenson. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • The Shorians' three sets of sisters (left to right): Payton and Andie Lane; Caitlyn and Courtney Colley; and Sarah and Katie Ratledge.

Maison HR helps Lake Shore win White game

Friday was a day of atonement for Sarah Ratledge.

Coming off a poor outing the day before, Lake Shore’s senior pitcher regained her starring role in the circle. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out 10 to lift the Shorians to a 3-1 win over Stevenson in a key MAC White game at Kyte Monroe in St. Clair Shores.

“Yesterday she had a rough day. L’Anse Creuse North hit her for 11 runs,” said coach Will Puvalowski, referring to Lake Shore’s 11-5 loss. “Then she comes out here and pitches angry and determined today to prove a point.”

Offensively, all the Shorians needed was one hit. Mackenzie Maison’s second career home run – a two-run shot over the leftfield fence – was all the runs the Shorians needed.

“She hit one last year off of Stevenson as a freshman,” Puvalowski said. “One swing of the bat gets us two runs and that’s what we needed today.”

Jackie Miller, who led off the second inning with a sharp single to center, rode home on Maison’s homer.

The two-run lead was enough for Ratledge to settle into a comfort zone. The senior, who is going to Indiana Tech, retired the lead-off hitter in every inning and the first two Titans hitters in six innings.

“If we get her one or two (runs) and she gets comfortable, yeah, she’s dynamite,” Puvalowski said. “Usually once she gets comfortable she’s tough to hit.”

Aside from the one damaging hit, Stevenson pitcher Amber Huntley was just as good in the circle as her counterpart. The Titans’ senior scattered five hits with 11 strikeouts.

“Give (Maison) credit for hitting a good pitch,” Stevenson coach Tony Misuraca said. “I thought both pitchers pitched a helluva game.”

The Shorians (3-4, 1-2) built a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning. Andie Lane (two hits) hit a two-out single and stole second before scoring on Alyssa Agosta’s double.

Stevenson’s run came during a seventh-inning rally. Hayley Bryce scored on Julia Rice’s two-out, pinch-hit single to center. The Titans (7-4, 1-2) put the tying runs on base, but Ratledge got the final out on an infield groundball.

“We had runners on the corners with the top of the order coming up and we’re thinking ‘here we go,’ ” Misuraca said. “Lake Shore didn’t make any mistakes. It was a good game, just a matter of who would get that key hit, and they did.”

Last Updated: 4/28/2017 8:03:19 PM EST