Utica dropped by Port Huron in MAC Blue finale

Clutch at-bats propel Big Reds

By: Thomas Franz | Shelby - Utica News | Published May 14, 2015

 Utica's Will Young connects on a pitch during a game against Port Huron on May 14.

Utica's Will Young connects on a pitch during a game against Port Huron on May 14.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

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A pair of two-out, two-run doubles sparked Port Huron High to a 6-3 road win against Utica on May 14.

Freshman Brett Wagner opened the game's scoring in the top of the second inning with a double to center that plated Austin Schneider and Dallas Mitchell.

Leading 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Port Huron increased its lead to 4-1 when Pat Jehl's double to right center field scored Curtis Corby and Fred Clark.

"Pat (Jehl) and Brett (Wagner) have been kind of coming on as of late, especially Pat. Pat has started to really step up and drive guys in when teams pitch around Ravin Randall," Port Huron coach Kyle Sheppard said.

Port Huron starting pitcher Tony Fayed came up one out short of a complete game while scattering eight hits and striking out five batters. 

"Tony (Fayed) stepped up big. He's had some tough luck so far this year. He's always been our third game starter, and we haven't been able to get over the hump, and this is the first time we've won the third game of a series this year," Sheppard said. "We asked for a lot, and he brought it today."

Trailing 5-1, Utica cut into Port Huron's lead in the sixth inning when a bloop single to right field by Paul Marble scored Will Young from first.

Utica's Chris Kaschalk earned an RBI with an infield single in the seventh inning to score Mario Sarti. Utica starting pitcher Paul Marble pitched 5 1/3 innings while giving up four hits and five runs, one of which was earned. Utica's defense committed four errors.

"We're having a little bit of an issue with our outfield right now," Utica coach Mark Moehlig said. "At the beginning of the year, our strength was our aggressiveness and really taking charge of everything, and right now I don't know if we want the baseball, but that's going to change. They're going to be fine, and we're going to be OK."

Port Huron (13-12, 8-7 MAC Blue) hosts Marine City High on May 19, while Utica (17-12, 10-5 MAC Blue) hosts Rochester Adams on May 18.

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