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St. Clair's offense erupts in rout of Marine City WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • St. Clair's Alexis Churchill (23) went 2 for 4 with a game-high four RBIs in a 12-2 win over Marine City Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Marine City's Hally Uppleger throws a pitch against St. Clair Wednesday, April 19. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • St. Clair won a mercy-shortened contest over Marine City Wednesday, claiming a 12-2 victory. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)

St. Clair was patient and methodical at the plate Wednesday afternoon, breezing to a 12-2 victory.

Marine City, on the other hand, was not.

The Saints scattered 13 hits and drew seven walks, putting constant traffic on the base paths and making the Mariners work for every out.

Saints head coach Kevin Mahn was pleased with their efforts.

“We had a really good approach at the plate,” he said. “We went up there with a plan in mind...that was important.”

Though the Saints were able to spray the ball all over the field, Mahn said an unheralded reason for the successful day at the dish was his team’s unselfish tendency to keep the chain moving by way of the sacrifice and fielder’s choice.

“It’s something we talk about, the importance of productive outs,” Mahn said. “You’ve got to be able to move people around and they’re starting to get that a little bit.”

Alexis Churchill had a monster afternoon out of the leadoff spot, going 2 for 4 with a game-high four RBIs. Ashley Griffor went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. Olivia Young was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Kayle Cole had a two-run double and Heidi Likins finished 2 for 4.

Young earned the win from the circle, allowing two unearned runs on two hits. She struck out seven and walked two.

“She did a really good job, and she has been, hitting her spots,” Mahn said. “Her strike-to-ball ratio is outstanding.

“She did a great job and we played some pretty good defense behind her.”

Hally Uppleger suffered the loss, allowing 10 runs in three innings of work.

First-year Mariner head coach Courtney Senger-LaBuhn said her team will need to shake its bad habit of starting slow.

“We wait too long to get going; we show up late to the party,” she said. “You can’t do that against teams like this. They’re going to take advantage of everything you give them.”

Senger-LaBuhn said one of the many things her team needs to address moving forward is being more selective at the plate. Marine City appeared overly eager and chased several pitches out of desperation after falling into an early hole.

“You’ve just got to keep working at our patience and our discipline at-bats,” Senger-LaBuhn. “They’re not ready to go when they step into the box.”

In her first year at the helm, Senger-LaBuhn said she hopes to instill a sense of controlled urgency in her team from the very first pitch — a process that’s been a focal point in practice.

“They’ve got to get some fire; the grit’s not there,” Senger-LaBuhn said. “The cohesiveness is there, but just getting down and dirty and playing the game is something we’ve got to work on.

“They’ve got to have that fire within and they know they’ve got to develop that.”

Last Updated: 4/19/2017 10:18:21 PM EST