Alpena 11U baseball team goes 1-3 in Ohio Valley Regional playoffs

ELIZABETHTOWN, KENTUCKY-The Alpena 11U baseball team went 1-3 in the Ohio Valley Regional playoffs in Kentucky this weekend.

This was Alpena 11U’s first appearance in the Ohio?Valley Regional.

“With this being the first year that these boys have went to the Ohio Valley Regional and considering the level of competition at this tournament, I feel that we were very successful and look forward to trying to get back next year,”?coach Rich Tucker said.

Alpena started slowly in Thursday’s pool play with a 23-1 loss to Lexington, Kentucky. Errors plagued Alpena’s defense and helped Lexington score several unearned runs.

Lexington would go on to win the regional championship later in the tournament.

Alpena’s sole hit game from?Max Kuchnicki. Alpena scored when Kuchnicki and Alec Kent walked and advanced on a wild pitch. Kuchnicki made it home on a fielder’s choice.

Tanner Orban picked up the loss for Alpena, while Wyatt Grant earned the Alpena “Player of the Game” award in relief.

Alpena then fell 9-3 against?Mooresville, Indiana on Friday. Alpena held close until the sixth when Mooresville’s 5-3 lead was extended due to Alpena errors and some timely Mooresville hits.

Jack Schmanski, Kuchnicki, Charlie Halleck and Hunter Canute led Alpena offensively with one hit each. Alpena’s defense was highlightd by a Halleck catch that ended the inning and prevented several runs from scoring.

Drew Seabase, Tanner Orban and Schmanski shared pitching duties. Tanner Orban was named “Player of the Game” for Alpena after pitching five solid innings of relief.

Alpena’s second Friday win was a blowout 14-4 victory over Galesburg, Illinois. Luke Tucker and Keegan Spomer scattered three hits each while Schmanski and Kent had two.

Spomer pitched all five inning for the win.?He struck out seven and won “Player of the Game” honors for Alpena.

Alpena was seeded number nine for Saturday’s bracket play. They faced no. 8 Newburgh, Indiana, to whom they lost 6-3.

Nick Schultz and Kent led Alpena with RBI singles while Schmanski and?Spomer each had a hit.

Kent pitched the complete game and struck out five.?He was named Alpena’s “Player of the Game.”

:I would like to say that this weekend has been an eye opener for these 11 boys and me as to the level of competition that they played against. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but then the boys settled in and played some great baseball,”?Tucker said.