KALAMAZOO – The St. Clair 13-and-under little league baseball team is climbing its way out of a big hole.
After losing its first game at the Central Region Championship in Kalamazoo, St. Clair was forced to win out to remain alive in the double elimination event, which will decide who attends the Intermediate World Series.
On Monday, St. Clair won its third consecutive game. This time, St. Clair mercied Iowa State 12-2 in five innings.
Joe Phillips was the winning pitcher after throwing an inning and two thirds of work. Max Gottler had two doubles and a triple with two RBI for St. Clair.
Brady Gleason added three hits with three RBI, Cam Haslem had a hit and two RBI and Phillips had a hit and two RBI.
“(Monday’s) game was the most complete game we have played as a team this season,” St. Clair coach Bart Stockwell said. “It was no cupcake across the diamond. We hit and pitched really well.
“I have five subs on the bench and they all came through big today.”
St. Clair will return at 3 p.m. today against Indiana. If St. Clair wins, it will play one game later in the day. In order to win the tournament, they will need four victories over the next two days.
“The key is to hit the ball,” coach Stockwell said. “We have to hit the ball. If we hit like we did (Monday), I like our chances a lot.”
Stockwell said he has been impressed with his team’s confidence, especially after losing the first game of the tournament.
“No one has had their head down,” Coach Stockwell said. “We just spoke to the group and said ‘Ok, we guess we will do it the hard way.’ and they have been playing well.”