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District softball roundup: St. Clair blanks Algonac, Marysville holds off Marine City WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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St. Clair 5, Algonac 0

The first of two shutouts on the way to a district title, St. Clair blanked Algonac 5-0 in the first district semifinal Saturday at Marine City.

Olivia Young allowed one hit over seven innings in the victory, striking out three.

Heidi Likins went 2 for 3, including a two-run home run, and finished with three RBIs to pace the Saints’ offense in the victory. Kayle Cole went 2 for 3; Alexis Churchill and Kara Likins both drove in runs in the win.

“We did enough to win, and that’s what matters,” St. Clair head coach Kevin Mahn said. “It was a clean game, and that’s what we have to do.”

Julie Demorest led off Algonac’s fifth inning with a single, which would be the lone Muskrat hit of the day.

St. Clair jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the third inning, after going scoreless the first time through the lineup. The Saints added an insurance run in both the fourth and sixth innings.

Algonac head coach Jeff Smith said, despite the loss, he was pleased with the way his team played.

“We’ve come a long way; we’ve improved a lot during the season,” he said. “The bounces just didn’t go our way, and that’s part of the game.”

Marysville 7, Marine City 3

The Vikings put up a five spot in the fourth inning to break a one-all tie with the Mariners on the way to a 7-3 victory in a District 63 semifinal.

Marysville trailed 1-0 after the first inning before scoring seven straight runs in the win.

Paige Ameel allowed seven hits over six innings, striking out 10 and walking two in the victory. Lydia Sawdon pitched an inning of relief and gave up two hits and a run.

Jolene Kruskie went 3 for 4 and scored a run, while Lauryn Hulett went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Ameel and Ashlee Will each drove in a run.

Erin Davis went 2 for 4 for Marine City in the loss, as did Desaray DeSnyder. Elizabeth Westrick and Emily Genaw went 2 for 3.

“We had one bad inning. If we could get away from that, I don’t know that it would change the outcome, but I’m proud of the girls for hanging in there,” Marine City coach Courtney LaBuhn said. “It was a good game. You always know Marysville’s going to put up a fight — and they obviously did that.”

Last Updated: 6/4/2017 11:04:14 AM EST