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Marine City makes quick work of Port Huron in MAC crossover WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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One team cashed in with runners on base, the other did not.

The result: Marine City turned in one of its best offensive performances of the season in a 15-0 mercy shortened victory over Port Huron. The Mariners needed just three innings to do away with the Big Reds.

“I really think we’ve played darn good baseball all the way through the season, but it just seems we’re able to take advantage of a few more of our opportunities,” Marine City head coach Daryn Letson said following the win. “Whatever it is, things are working in our favor.”

The Mariners (13-10; 9-6 MAC Gold) plated five runs in each of the three innings and racked up 16 hits in the lopsided outcome.

Jared Showers’ three-run home run served as the big blow in the bottom of the first inning, helping Marine City to a 5-0 lead after one inning of play.

Showers finished 3 for 3 with five RBIs in the win.

“We do have a little more power than we thought we were going to have,” Letson said. “I think we’re doing a decent job with extra-base hits, and I think we’re starting to do a better job of hitting with two outs and with guys in scoring position.

“When you can extend innings, it’s obviously going to lead to success.”

Ryan Sommers went 3 for 3 with five RBIs and three runs scored, while Alex Kelley finished 3 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Aren Sopfe went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Jake Hassein went 2 for 2 with two runs scored.

Sommers’ three-run double in the bottom of the second extending the Mariner lead to 8-0. Sommers would come around to score on a Kelley triple to make it 9-0 before Showers’ RBI single made it a 10-0 game.

Marine City small-balled its way to five runs in the third inning, culminating in a Kohl Sobol single to score Kelley and end the game with a 15-run lead.

Derek Kierzkowski picked up the win for the Mariners, throwing a four-hit shutout in three innings— despite not registering a strikeout or a walk.

Port Huron had runners on in each of the three innings, but all were either extinguished on the base paths or stranded.

“I thought Derek did a nice job; he’s actually done a pretty nice job for us all season long,” Letson said. “He commanded the zone. He doesn’t overpower you, but he throws strikes, gets a lot of ground plays and gets a lot of easy plays for his defense. There’s not a lot of stress there.”

Shawn Schomburg suffered the loss for Port Huron (8-17; 6-10 MAC Blue), allowing 14 runs — 12 earned — on 13 hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Curtis Corby went 2 for 2 from the plate in the loss.

Port Huron head coach Kyle Sheppard declined to comment following the game.

Last Updated: 5/24/2017 7:36:57 PM EST