ESSEXVILLE – After a long wait for Game 1, the St. Clair 10-and-under softball team had a quick, unexpected turnaround for Game 2 at the state tournament.
It ended with the same result: a St. Clair win.
St. Clair defeated Sanford 7-5 Tuesday in its final pool-play game, taking to the field at 8:30 a.m. as opposed to the original 2 p.m. start time it was scheduled for. Possible rain in the area was the reason for moving the game up.
“We had kids still playing in the pool at 8 (p.m. Monday, when the call was made to change the time),” St. Clair coach Ron Cook said. “It showed, because the game we played was not a pretty game for either team.
“We’ll take a win any way we can get it, but preferably not that way.”
St. Clair had one clean hit in the game, which was recorded by Megan Postma, but managed to scored seven runs thanks to 12 walks and seven errors from Sanford.
“She didn’t give us anything to hit,” Cook said of the Sanford pitcher. “We hit the ball, but we hit it right to people, and we didn’t hit the ball as hard as we normally do.
“Our base-running and the fact we didn’t walk as many batters were the difference.”
Avery Paul picked up the win, going all six innings for St. Clair. She walked just two batters, and her defense committed just two errors behind her.
St. Clair, which won its pool, advances to the quarterfinals of the tournament at 3 p.m. Wednesday against the second-place team from Pool A. If St. Clair wins that game, it will play at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.