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Port Huron trending upward, downs Tower, as postseason nears WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Less than two weeks from the start of the postseason, the Big Reds appear to be peaking at the right time.

Port Huron secured a share of second place in the MAC Gold with an 8-3 win over Warren Woods-Tower Tuesday afternoon. The Big Reds have won three of their last four games.

“We’re playing better defensively, we’re having a better look at the plate and we’re doing the things that are necessary to be able to do well,” Port Huron head coach Chris Kozlowski said. “Today, we played OK. The couple of mistakes we did make, we were able to overcome.”

The Big Reds (10-11; 7-3 MAC Gold) rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a three run third inning and tacked on four more in the fourth to take control of the game. The key, according to Kozlowski, was his hitters getting a second look at pitcher Richelle Michalak.

“We started off a little slow, but then we started to see the ball better,” Kozlowski said. “They knew they wanted to make adjustments. They tend to start a little anxious, but we settled down and started driving the ball.”

Dayle McKinley led the Big Red offense, going 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Nicole Mallory went 2 for 3 and Rachelle Wendt was 2 for 4 — including a triple — with an RBI and a run scored.

Mallory earned the win from the circle for the Big Reds, allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings of work. She tallied five strikeouts against one walk.

Michalak suffered the loss, yielding eight runs on 11 hits over six innings. She struck out two and walked three.

Wendt’s RBI triple in the helped her team get even at three and jumpstarted the Big Red offense. She came around to score later in the inning on a fielding gaffe with two outs to give Port Huron a 4-3 lead.

“That was a momentum killer,” Tower head coach Lance Sell said. “It’s been like that all season.

“We’ll be in games and then we’ll make fundamental errors. It just kills us.”

After the Titans plated two runs in the

Jaden Bailey’s two-run double proved to be the big blow in the fourth inning, as the Big Reds were able to extend their lead to 8-3.

Gabby McElrath finished 2 for 4, including a two-run triple in the third inning for Tower, which falls to 8-14 (3-7 MAC Gold) with the loss. She was the lone Titan to record a multi-hit game.

Sell said his team struggled to overcome adversity Tuesday — a continuation of a season-long trend.

“Whenever we get down, our girls put their heads down,” he said. “You’ve got to stay positive and you have to keep playing the whole game.”

Port Huron will return to action on May 25 to host a doubleheader against Capac. Tower will turn its attention to the postseason.

Last Updated: 5/23/2017 8:36:56 PM EST