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Northern needed a hero, and MacLean delivered
Junior hits walk-off homer to top Marysville
Joseph Hayes, Port Huron Times Herald USA TODAY NETWORK – MICHIGAN
It was the type of victory that could turn around a season.
The Port Huron Northern baseball team has struggled to find its groove this season. But on Monday at home against Marysville, the Huskies got a jolt that could turn into a surge of momentum entering the home stretch of the season.
Trailing Marysville 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Port Huron Northern junior Andy MacLean stepped up to the plate and hit a 3-run home run to give Northern a 7-6 come from behind victory.
‘I didn’t really think I was going to hit a walk-off,’ MacLean said. ‘I knew the situation and what I needed to do for my team. Some of the wins we have haven’t been as exciting as this one. This type of win will push our team to the next peaking point to get better.’
MacLean was also the Huskies’ winning pitcher after going the final two innings and striking out one. He added two hits and five RBI from the plate. Bryce Reeves, Nolan Sciotti and James Delong each added a hit and an RBI.
Brendan Moran had three hits and Trevor Shoudy had two hits for the Vikings, which scored a run in the first inning, one run in the fourth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Northern countered with four runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
‘It was definitely a snoozer before we came alive in the sixth,’ Northern coach Bob Kearns said. ‘Andy did a good job of stepping up for us and when he hit it, it looked like it was going to carry. It was a big hit for our team.’
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