Alpena baseball, softball sweep Cadillac; Hurons split with J-L

CADILLAC-The Alpena softball team swept Cadillac in a doubleheader on Tuesday to increase its record to 22-5 in the run up to districts. It won the first game 10-2 and the second game 3-1.

Lauren Heath picked up the win in the opener for Alpena (6-0 Big North). She struck out seven and allowed four hits. Kara Gehrke pitched the last two innings, striking out one and allowing no base runners.

Alpena scored in the top of the second inning when Alexis Smith singled and was driven in by an Elise Leeck single. Leeck later scored on a defensive error.

Cadillac tied ithe game 2-2 in the third inning.

Desiree Robertson led off the fifth inning with a single after which Mary Schimmel singled. Both were driven in by a Logan Myers double to put Alpena up 4-2.

The Wildcats picked up six straight hits and six runs in the top of the sixth inning to win 10-2.

Schimmel, Robertson and Myers each had two hits, including a double.

Heath pitched a complete second game for the win. She fanned four, gave up four hits and gave up no walks.

Jenna VanDusen hit a triple in the top of the third inning and was driven in by Myers. Myers stole second and third and scored off a Smith single to give Alpena a 2-0 lead.

Cadillac scored in the fifth inning after picking up back-to-back doubles with one out, but scored no more runs to keep the spread 2-1 in Alpena’s favor.

Jessica Marwede reached first base in the sixth inning on a throwing error. She reached second base on a sacrifice, stole third and scored on a passed ball to give Alpena a 3-1 lead.

Cadillac hit a single in the sixth in an attempt to rally, but Alex Peters caught a sinking line drive while Heath took down a line drive to first and turned the double play at first base.

Alpena hosts Ogemaw today at 4 p.m.

Rogers City 10-3, Joburg 5-5

JOHANNESBURG-The Rogers City softball team split a doubleheader with Johanessburg-Lewiston on Tuesday. The Hurons won the opener 10-5 and lost the nightcap 5-3.

Nikki Radke earned the win for Rogers City (19-5) in the opener, allowing five runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.

The Hurons led 10-1 until the Cardinals rallied for four runs in the sixth inning.

Logan Fleming had two home runs among three hits; Morgan Hall and Autumn Idalski each had three hits; Alexa Quaine, Rachel Chojnacki and Kayla Fleury had two hits. Courtney Streich had one hit.

Johannesburg hit back-to-back home runs to open the second game and went on to win 5-3.

Quaine took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits.

Rogers City stranded runners in every inning, but managed just three hits. Cassie Brege, Quaine and Fleury each had a hit.

Rogers City plays at Au Gres on Thursday.


Alpena 13-4,

Cadillac 8-1

CADILLAC- The Alpena baseball team (13-4, 4-2 Big North) swept Cadillac on Tuesday, winning 13-8 in the first game and 4-1 in the second game.

Cody Tucker pitched the first six innings for the win in the opener. He struck out eight, gave up six walks and five hits. Caleb Myers pitched one inning, giving up four walks and fanning one.

Brady Marwede went 5-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs. Giulio Fantasia had two hits and four RBIs.

Tim Atkinson pitched a complete game in the nightcap, giving up one walk, three hits and striking out six. Cadillac’s only run was unearned.

Tyler Pintar had three out of Alpena’s four hits and picked up an RBI. Fantasia had a hit and two RBIs.

Alpena hosts Ogemaw today at 4 pm.

Joburg 16-13,

Rogers City 1-6

JOHANNESBERG- The Rogers City (7-10-1) baseball team lost a pair of game against Johannesburg-Lewiston on Tuesday, falling 16-1 and 13-6.

Casey Szatkowski took the loss in the first game. He pitched one inning and allowed nine unearned runs on four hits. He struck out two.

Andrew Radke led the Hurons at the plate, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Corey Grulke pitched two innings for the loss in the second game. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits while striking out two.

Colton Fessler was 2-for-3 at the plate while Radke and Kelly each had RBIs.

Rogers City travels to Au Gres on Thursday.


Alpena 12-2, Cadillac 2-1

The Alpena JV baseball team (7-3) won two games at home against Cadillac on Tuesday. The Wildcats mercied Cadillac 12-2 in in first game before staging a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in the second game.

Joe Ayala pitched four four innings for the win in the opener. He gave up two hits and struck out seven. Bailey Marquardt pitched for the last inning.

Rhett Limback and Braedan Werth were 2-for-2 at the plate while Ayala was 2-for-3 with two doubles. Both Dylan Tucker and Trevor Lacombe had doubles.

The second game was a much tighter matchup that saw Alpena trailing 1-0 going into the seventh inning.

Tucker pitched the first four innings, striking out seven and giving up two hits. Marquardt picked up win, pitching four innings, giving up two hits, two walks and a strikeout.

Marquardt singled in the seventh inning and stole his way to third. He was driven in by a sac fly from Ayala to tie the game 1-1 and force extra innings.

Cam Cosbitt hit a leadoff single, stole second and third and scored on an overthrow at third base to win the game 2-1 in the eighth inning.

“It was an exciting game and a fantastic finish,” Alpena coach Dave Myers said.

Werth was 2-for-4 with a double while Cosbitt was 2-for-2.

Alpena travels to Ogemaw today.


Alcona track teams take second at Whittemore-Prescott

WHITTEMORE- Alcona’s boys and girls track teams competed in a five team meet at Whittemore-Prescott on Tuesday.

The Whittmore girls won (117), followed by Alcona (97), Pinconning (92), Hale (21) and Mio (8).

Alcona’s top finisher was Megan Quick. She picked up a gold in the 400 dash (1:03) and the 800 run (2:38).

Other first place finishes for Alcona were: Syndey Pierce in the 300 hurdles (52.305). Pierce also finished second in the high jump (4-0610). Karina Cole finished first in the 1,600 run (5:58). The 3,200 relay team (Quick, Torie Harmon, Katelyn Nelson, Cole) was first (10:56). The 1,600 relay team (Quick, Harmon, Nelson, Cole) were also first (4:29).

Other top finishers for Alcona were: Brooke Shultz had a second place finish in pole vault (7-0), a third in the long jump (12-10) and a fourth in the 800 run (2:55). Miranda Schalk was fourth in the 100 dash (15.15) and third in the 200 dash (30.313). Katherine Edwards was fifth in the same event (31.31). Halie Lafond was fourth in the 3,200 run (15:27) while Nelson was second in the 1,600 run (6:14). The 400 relay team (Schalk, Edwards, Cole, Pierce) was third (56.172). The 800 relay team (Schalk, Edwards, Harmon, Pierce) was second (1:56).

Mio’s top finisher was Raychel Smith with a third place finish in the pole vault (6-6) while Halie Haskin took third in the 3,200 run (14:56).

The Whittemore men won (108) followed by Alcona (90), Mio (62), Pinconning (60) and Hale (22).

Alcona’s top finisher was Mitchel Havercroft with a first place finish in high jump (5-3) and in the 400 dash (54.756). Kyle Thum also had a first place finish in the 3,200 run (11:25) and a second place finish in the 1,600 run (5:09).

Other first place finishes for Alcona were: Garrette Norling in the 200 dash (24.831). Norling also had a second place finish in pole vault (10-0). The 400 relay team (Nicholas Lamantia, Hunter Sullivan, Havercroft, Brandon Ritchie) was also first (46.767). The 800 relay team (Lamantia, Sullivan, Norling, Ritchie) was also first (1:37).

Other top finishers for Alcona were: Avery Perez was third in the shot put (35-9). Schuyler Bates had a fifth place finish in the long jump (16-11) and fourth in the 800 run (2:29). Lamantia was fourth in the 100 dash (12.538). Brandon Smigelski was fifth in the 400 dash (59.964). Jeffery Schram was third in the 800 run (2:23). Ritchie was second in the 100 dash (25.281) while the 1,600 relay team (Lamantia, Schram, Ritchie, Havercroft) was third (3:45).

Mio’s top finisher was Kyle Willobee with a first in the long jump (19-2) and the 100 dash (12.08). Bryce Degrammont picked up Mio’s other first place finish in the 800 run (2:06).

Other top finishers for Mio were: Ben Lubitz was second in the long jump (19-1) while Zach Price was second in the discus (107-4). Mio’s 400 relay team was second (27.117).

Alcona boys finish 3rd at Tawas; Alcona girls finish 2nd

TAWAS-The Alcona boys track team took third place at a quad in Tawas on Monday and the Alcona girls took finished second.

The Alcona boys team finished with 83 1/2 points, behind Tawas (202) and Au Gres (84).

Kyle Thum was Alcona’s only winner, pacing the field in the 3,200 run (11:29.78). Second place finishes went to Mitchell Havercroft in the 400 dash (55.39) and High Jump (5-6), Garrette Norling in the pole vault (10-0), Schuyler Bates in the long jump (17-4 1/2) and the 800 relay team (1:38), the 1,600 relay team (3:58.06) and the 3,200 relay team (9:55.17).

The Alcona girls team finished with 121 points behind Houghton Lake (159 1/2).

Megan Quick won two events for the Alcona girls team, winning the 400 dash (1:03.25) and 800 run (2:36.31). She was also part of two winning relay teams. The 1,600 relay team of Quick, Karina Cole, Torie Harmon and Katelyn Nelson won in 4:36.07. The same quartet also won the 3,200 relay (11:04.81).

Brooke Schultz also won the pole vault for Alcona (6-6).

Other finishers for the Alcona girls were: 100 dash-4th place (Miranda Schalk, 15.11); 200 dash-2nd place (Schalk, 29.53); 400 dash-2nd place (Harmon, 1:03.34); 800 run-4th place (Schultz, 3:08.65); 1,600 run-2nd place (Cole, 6:03.82); 3rd place (Nelson, 6:18.77); 3,200 run-3rd place (Harlie LaFond, 15:33.52); 300 hurdles-2nd place (Sydney Pierce, 53.44); 400 relay-2nd place (57.06); 800 relay-2nd place (1:58.83); High Jump-2nd place (Pierce, 4-8); Long Jump-4th place (Schultz, 12-9).

Other finishers for the Alcona boys included: 100 dash-4th place (Brandon Ritchie, 12.51); 5th place (Nicholas Lamantia, 12.54); 200 dash-5th place (Norling, 24.68); 400 dash-5th place (Lamantia, 59.21); 800 run-4th place (Jeff Schram, 2:25.30); 5th place (Bates, 2:25.65); 1,600 run-3rd place (Thum, 5:18.19); 400 relay-3rd (47.18); Shot Put-4th place (Avery Perez, 35-6); Discus-4th place (Schram, 97-7).