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Paced by Blevins' record-tying HR, Clarkston pounds out sweep of Stoney Creek WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Paced by Paige Blevins, who was 6-for-8 with a home run in the twinbill, Clarkston pounded out 29 runs on 34 hits in a sweep of a short-handed Stoney Creek squad on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)

CLARKSTON >> The question isn’t how opposing teams treat you when you pop a rare home run against them.

It’s more how do you get treated when they *KNOW* you can beat them with one swing of the bat.

The Clarkston Wolves certainly pitched Stoney Creek sophomore catcher Tina Vitale with some caution, after she smashed a first-inning home run that gave the Cougars a quick 2-0 lead before the Wolves even got to bat.

And, despite the fact that more and more people are trying to pitch around Clarkston’s Paige Blevins, the junior shortstop still went 6-for-8 on the day, with a three-run home run in the second game that tied her own single-season school record.

She was hardly the only one hitting for Clarkston, though, as the Wolves pounded out 34 hits and 29 runs in 12 innings, sweeping the doubleheader from Stoney Creek, 15-2 in five innings, and 14-5 in seven.

“They really work at it — and I know other teams do — but they work hard at it,” Clarkston coach Don Peters said of his young offense, which has exceeded even his expectations for production. “They spend a lot of time on it, and they did work out all winter in the weight room. Didn’t do a lot of other stuff, be we did lift, or try to get them to lift, and I think that’s paying off. They work hard at it, and there’s some gifted athletes. That helps, too, doesn’t it?”

The sweep doesn’t clinch anything for the Wolves (17-7, 7-1 OAA Red) just yet.

“I don’t think so, but it puts us in a pretty good position,” Peters said.

The lopsided scores also aren’t really indicative of how the Cougars (13-13-1, 5-8-1 OAA Red) have played in the Red Division, since bumping up after winning the White last season.

“It’s not. Today was a tough day. We were missing a lot of people. We actually had to cancel our JV game, so we could bring up some JV players to have enough to play this game. We knew today was going to be difficult. That’s an amazing team. That team hits the ball as good as anybody I’ve seen,” Stoney Creek coach Tom Hayman said, noting that the Wolves batted around in each of the five innings of the first game.

“I mean, they just don’t stop. They are an offensive machine. And, honestly, I don’t know that I’ve seen a better defensive team than they are, from top to bottom.”

Unquestionably, though, the most feared hitter in that lineup is Blevins, who now has 11 home runs on the season, the same number she had last year. She shares the program’s single-season record with former high school All-American and Miss Softball Taylor Hasselbach, who went on to play at Michigan.

“But Taylor had a little bit of a disadvantage — hers were on the old warning track. Once they figured Taylor out, they didn’t pitch to her. I think she had like 50 walks her senior year. But I’m not taking anything away from Paige. Both are very similar. Line drives. They don’t hit those long pop flies,” Peters said. “The other day in practice, we do side toss, and Paige rolled one over there, between the scoreboard and the outfield fence. Hit almost to the sidewalk, and rolled across the road. You don’t do that out here.”

Blevins has blossomed as a junior, now that she’s out of the shadow of another Michigan-bound Miss Softball candidate, Abby Skvarce.

“Hasn’t she? Defensively, too. She’s made some nice plays. She just strokes the ball, that nice swing, and if it goes out, it goes out. I told her today ‘I wouldn’t pitch to you, if I was them,’” Peters said. “You can see she’s not a big kid, but she’s just got that nice, smooth stroke. And I’m gonna tell ya: she works at it. She spends a lot of time on her own, hitting.”

Opposing teams are starting to shy away from giving her much to hit, too — just as teams began to do with Hasselbach.

“Yes. But we’ve got nice people surrounding her. We actually moved her up, so we could surround her even better. I’m not even opposed to moving her to two, if I need to do that. I’ve got a couple of those young freshmen, you can see, they can just pound the ball,” Peters said. “That’s what we had to with Taylor, I had to move her up. Skvarce, I batted her two all the time. That way, you’ve got a good three or four hitter, and if they do (pitch around), you’ve got a better chance of (capitalizing).”

Last Updated: 5/11/2017 11:15:24 PM EST


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