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GROSSE POINTE FARMS >> The rhythmic percussions that emanated from the L’Anse Creuse first-base dugout were appropriate for the Lancers’ hitters who beat Grosse Pointe South like a drum.

The Lancers pounded out 11 hits, including a pair of extra-base hits by Brooke Nadolny, to cruise to a 12-0 win over their MAC Blue Division rivals on Tuesday.

Nadolny, a sophomore shortstop, got the Lancers’ hit parade started, leading off the game with her 13th home run of the season. It was the fourth time she’s led off a game with a four bagger.

“It’s happened a lot this year,” L’Anse Creuse coach Lisa Downey. “Especially when you’re dealing with younger kids – we have six freshmen on our team – when we can get off to better starts it makes the ninth graders get a little bit more relaxed. “

Five Lancers’ batters collected hits, four with multiple hits, including third baseman Lauren Korpal (two singles, run) and freshman catcher Tessa Scholz (three singles, run, RBI). Nadolny also doubled, walked twice, and scored three runs with two RBI.

Aside from the hits, Lancers’ batters drew seven walks and five others were hit by pitches.

Meanwhile, L’Anse Creuse pitcher Sammi Mills (13-2) faced 24 batters, allowing three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The junior lefthander, who has committed to Central Michigan, went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI.

“We’ve been relying a lot on Nadolny and Mills,” Downey said. “They’re top-level players who drive in a lot of our runs. So we like it when we can get other kids contributing to help us get that balance.

“It’s always great when you can get the early lead and kind of settle into the game. I think we struggled for maybe three or four innings. I thought South played really well in the first half of the game and they pitched really well. It’s always nerve-racking.”

L’Anse Creuse (7-0, 16-6) used a three-run fourth inning to extend its lead to 4-0. The Lancers then added a run in the fifth, three in the sixth, and four more in the seventh.

“That’s a very good L’Anse Creuse team,” South coach Bill Fleming said. “They play very good defense, they’ve got an excellent pitcher, and they’ve got some really, really good hitters. For the last couple of years they’ve been the class of our division. It’s a quality program and you know every time you play them it’s gonna be a battle.”

The Blue Devils (1-7, 8-14) put the leadoff hitter on base in the third and the fourth, but Mills stranded the runners. She retired the final 12 batters of the game.

Lauren Sancya (two hits) and Lauren Sicklesteel hit doubles for South.

Last Updated: 5/16/2017 10:04:56 PM EST