Valiant efforts all around

The Alpena Huron Shores 11U All Star team completed a successful weekend of baseball, going 5-0 on the weekend and bringing home the 2014 Babe Ruth 11U State Championship. Alpena now advances to the Ohio Valley Regional Babe Ruth Tournament as Michigan’s 11U representative.

In Game 1, Alpena defeated Clinton Valley 17-0. Tanner Orban and Wyatt Grant shared the pitching duties, giving up just one hit. Offensively, Alpena was led by Keegan Spomer and Alec Kent.

In Game 2, Alpena beat Huron Valley 15-2. Alec Kent and Drew Seabase pitched Alpena to the win. Swinging the big bat for Alpena were Luke Tucker and Tanner Orban with three hits each. Max Kuchnicki, Keegan Spomer and Kent each added two hits. Jack Schmanski set the tone of the game with a lead off triple that go Alpena off to the hot start.

In Game 3, Alpena was able to beat a tough Brandywine team 11-5. Alpena’s winning pitching combination was Drew Seabase and Keegan Spomer. Tanner Orban and Max Kuchnicki led Alpena with two hits, while Nick Schultz, Hunter Canute, Wyatt Grant, Luke Tucker and Jack Schmanski all chipped in with one hit.

In Game 4, Alpena defeated Howard Township 22-4. Jack Schmanski and Max Kuchnicki pitched Alpena to its fourth win in pool play, securing Alpena the No. 1 seed for the playoff round. Alpena was led offensively by Charlie Halleck, Drew Seabase, Tanner Orban and Keegan Spomer with two hits each. Nick Schultz, Luke Tucker and Alec Kent each added a hit.

In Game 5, Alpena faced off with Huron Valley again in the championship game. Alpena got off to a slow start and trailed for the first time, 1-0 after two innings. Alpena came to life in the third inning, scoring five runs. Alpena put the game away with a 12-run fourth inning, resulting in the final score of 17-4. Keegan Spomer pitched Alpena to the win. Alpena was led by Max Kuchnicki with three hits. Hunter Canute, Alec Kent, Tanner Orban and Luke Tucker each had two hits, while Charlie Halleck, Wyatt Grant, Jack Schmanski and Drew Seabase all had one hit.