ACC softball loses three in weekend series

The slightly warmer weather this weekend didn’t do the Alpena Community College softball team much good, as it lost three out of four games this weekend against Mott. It split a pair on Saturday and lost 10-6 in Sunday’s first game and 3-1 in the second.

“The girls played well today and played through some hard moments. They’ve played hard all season and have learned how to push past adversity,” ACC softball coach Erin Riopelle said.

Sunday’s first game featured heavy hitting from both teams: ACC (8-10, 7-9 Eastern Conference) picked up 11 hits while Mott (14-14, 9-5 Eastern Conference) had 17.

The Lumberjacks’ second hit of the game was a two-run Cassandra Shaw homer in the first inning that drove in Paige Lewandowski and gave the Lumberjacks a 2-0 lead.

Lewandowski led the Jacks with three singles.

The Bears answered back in the bottom of the first with a two-run Ally Harvey homer off pitcher Laura Lewis.

Lewis pitched five innings for the loss. She gave up 12 hits, five runs, one walk and struck out one. Mott’s Angel Campbell pitched 6 inning for the win giving up seven hits, four runs, one walk and four strikeouts.

Mott went up 3-2 in the third when Vanessa Cuevas drove in Ann-Marie Roda, but Alpena tied it up 3-3 in the fourth a Kayla Shepard single drove in Shaw.

Shepard went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.

The Bears took a 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth Roda doubled to drive in Brianna Dormine and Kendal Densmore.

Roda went 4-for-4 with three singles and a double.

Alpena fielded its way out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth and narrowed Mott’s lead to 5-4 when Alex Chmura hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth.

The game broke open for Mott in the sixth when relief pitcher Chmura gave up five runs, four singles and a two RBI home run in one out to pull the Bears to a 10-4 lead.

Sarah Mairose relieved Chmura and pitched Mott’s last two batters, giving up no hits.

The Lumberjacks were primed for a rally when Ashleigh Monticello got on first off a fielding error from Mott shortstop Dormine. Lewandowski immediately singled while Mairose drove both in with a double to narrow Mott’s lead to 10-6.

Chmura then hit what looked like an RBI single with one out in the inning, but Mairose hesitated between third and home and was chased down and tagged out.

Moments later, Chmura was tagged out stealing third for a game ending double-play.

The second game was a mirror image of the first as it was primarily a grueling pitchers duel between Mairose and Kasey Gerou with minimal hits.

Mairose pitched a full game for the loss, giving up 10 hits, three runs and striking out two. Gerou pitched a full game for the Bears, giving up two hits, one run and striking out two.

ACC’s first hit and sole run of the game was an Ashley Nowland home run that gave it a 1-0 lead. The Bears picked up a few singles in the first four innings, but let them sstranded.

Things looked good for ACC in the fifth, as it fielded two quick outs. However, a double from Densmore set up a Roda RBI single that tied the game at 1-1.

The sixth inning saw the Bears pick up two more runs to take the winning 3-1 lead.

“It was really close again today. It just seems like there’s always one inning that throws us off in every game,” Riopelle said.

ACC host Oakland at 1:00 pm on Wednesday in its last home doubleheader of the season.

Eric Benac can be reached via email at ebenac@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5690. Follow Eric on Twitter @EricBenac.