Rogers City softball team sweeps Alcona in double-header
By ERIC BENAC
News Sports Writer
LINCOLN-The Rogers City and Alcona girls softball team looked pretty even in the first game of a Wednesday double header but a series of errors and strong bats by the Hurons in the fourth inning helped them take a 13-2 mercy-rule win while a 16-1 win in the second continued the Hurons offensive dominance.
Rogers City dominated offensively, picking up 12 hits in the first game to Alcona’s five and batting through the order two times in an inning at least once per game.
“I thought both the pitchers tonight did really well and our defense made some nice plays. The girls really came out strong and played really strong,” Rogers City head coach Karl Grambau said.
Alcona took a 1-0 lead in the third innig on a Cassie Carpenter run batted in by Sam Schopfer.
However, Alcona’s Kendra Cole started the fourth by walking Brooklyn Idalski while an error on the next batter, Sarah Meredith helped move Idalski into scoring position.
A single by Autumn Idalski moved Brooklyn Idalski and Meredith into scoring position. An Alexa Quaine single drove in both, giving Rogers City a 2-1 lead.
This started a chain reaction of singles, steals and errors that saw seven straight Huron runs before Carpenter caught a Cassie Brege fly for Rogers City’s first out. However, another error and five straight base hits, including a double by Meredith, knocked in four more runs for Rogers City to take the game to 11-1 in the fourth.
By the time they were done, the Hurons had gone through 15 batters, all but one of whom scored or got on base due to a hit or an error. The Tigers had committed five errors in the inning and Cole had given up one walk.
The Hurons slowed down a little in the fifth but were still able to pick up two more runs, aided by two more errors by the Alcona defensive team. The Alcona infield was able to contain hits more effectively with strong play from Victoria Burns on third base as well Marissa Hirschfelt on second.
In spite of strong hitting from Cole and Hirschefelt, Alcona was only able to answer back with one more run in the fifth Hurons sophomore pitcher Alexa Quaine picked up three strikeouts while assisting with three more outs.
The second game went even better for the Hurons. Brooklyn Idalski gave up only one hit and run while striking out seven batters in four innings and giving up walks.
Idalski’s strong pitching gave Rogers City the chance to pull ahead quickly offensively. Meredith nailed a three-run homer over the right field fence to start a 13 run scoring streak. The Hurons went through 19 batters before the final out.
Logan Fleming picked up two hits, including a double while Jessica Butera picked up a double of her own. Brege, Kayla Fleury and Quaine were all able to pick up a single hit a piece.
“All in all, everybody did a solid job tonight. Great pitching, good hitting and solid fielding. I couldn’t be any happier with the girls,” Grambau said.
Rogers City is now 2-0 and they play next in the Hillman invitational on Saturday.