Multiple Teams · Big Reds Take A Loss In Game One of Series With The Saints


St. Clair storms Past Port Huron High

It was anything but pleasant.

The Port Huron High and St. Clair baseball teams collided Monday for the first of a three game series to open the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division season.

Fans showed up at Port Huron High School Monday expecting to watch a highly contested game between the two teams. But they were met with a consistent wind that made temperatures drop into the low 40s that put extra pressure on the teams.

The only thing that would remain warm for much of the game was the St. Clair bats. The Saints (1-0, 2-1) found ways to manufacture offense and after putting up three first inning runs off Big Reds starter Brett Wagner, the Saints methodically pulled away from Port Huron for a 6-1 victory.

“We are young and every experience we get will improve us,” St. Clair coach Denny White said. “The leadership came from the seniors. We hit the ball better than we had. We are a really close team and young with three freshmen and two sophomores. It will take a while to jell but they really support each other. It’s nice to see something good happen from the efforts.”

Gehrig Anglin was the winning pitcher for St. Clair after going five innings and striking out four. Scott Selleck entered the game for the save and Ian Janssen (RBI) and Ryan Zimmer each doubled.

“I just tried to stay within myself,” Anglin said. “I tell myself it’s not cold. When I’m out there focused I can’t even feel the cold. We aren’t going to sit on this victory. We have to keep moving forward and go a game at a time.”

The Saints worked to get in hitting counts and did their best to put the ball in play to force Port Huron to make defensive plays. At times that went Port Huron’s way. But on other occasions, Port Huron contributed to St. Clair’s success through errors and later a pass ball that helped the Saints pad their lead.

Port Huron (0-1. 1-4) threatened late in the game with a pair of runners in scoring position and the tying run at the plate. But St. Clair got out of the inning with a couple of timely plays and then added a couple extra runs before cruising to the victory.

Wagner was the losing pitcher for Port Huron but still proved dominant throughout the game. He finished with 12 strikeouts and added to his cause with pair of hits from the plate.

“It was a little rough early,” Wagner said. “I had the guys support and they picked me up for sure. We started making some plays.”

The teams will resume their rivalry Wednesday at St. Clair before heading back to Port Huron Thursday.

“We swung the bats pretty well,” Port Huron coach Kyle Sheppard said after the Big Reds pounded out five hits. “I think we played well with them. They created some runs. But I’m glad we showed a competitive game. We should be able to continue that this week.”