WEST BRANCH - Kaitlyn Kowalski scored a pair of goals in the final 17 minutes, and Emma Strong and Saidee Jacobs combined for a shutout in net, as the Alpena girls soccer team bested Ogemaw Heights 2-0 on Tuesday in its season opener.
"We dominated and we should've scored many more," said Alpena head coach Tim Storch. "It's the opening game and we had some finishing problems."
Katie Brownell and Tatiana Burcar had assists on Kowalski's goals.
Strong and Jacobs had a relatively uneventful game in goal as the Falcons didn't generate any shots on goal.
"The back line played well in front of them," said Storch, giving credit to Emily Duncan, Alex Przewozniak, Amanda Temple and Maggie Skiba for helping the Wildcats' keepers.
The Wildcats (1-0) host Gaylord on Thursday and Cheboygan on Friday to complete a busy opening week.
Johannesburg-Lewiston 3, Rogers City 2
JOHANNESBURG - In Wayne Karsten's first game as Rogers City's head baseball coach came on Tuesday as the Hurons dropped a 3-2 game against host Joburg. The second game was called after one inning.
Joburg had to come from behind to win the game, tying the contest 2-2 in the fifth, then winning it in walk-off fashion in the sixth.
The game was a scoreless pitchers duel until the third when the Cardinals got one run on the board. Rogers City (0-1) tied it in the fourth when Austin Brege tripled and scored on a passed ball. The Hurons took the lead one inning later when Chase Grulke doubled and came around on a groundout by Clay Nadolsky. Brege and Grulke were each 2-for-3.
Chris Peacock went 5 1/3 innings for Rogers City, allowing two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. Only one run was earned.
Alcona 3-6, Hillman 2-3
LINCOLN-The Alcona baseball team overcame the cold weather conditions on Tuesday to win its season opener 3-2 and 6-3 (five innings) against Hillman.
With Alcona trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning, Austin Cole singled and stole two bases before scoring on a wild pitch. Cody Franklin scored the winning run after walking, stealing second base and then scoring on a wild pitch.
An RBI single by Kevin Pagels in the second inning was Alcona's only other hit for the game.
Franklin earned the win, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out six and walking one. Carson Jamieson pitched the last inning to earn the save and allowed one hit while fanning two and walking two.
Mason VanPamel and Tyler Banks had RBI hits for Hillman. VanPamel took the loss.
Joe Hudgins earned the win for Alcona in the nightcap, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out two and walking one in five innings.
Bryan Layton led Alcona at the plate with two hits and three RBIs. Franklin, Hudgins, Nathan Fettes and Robbie McGuire each had a hit.
Jordon VanPamel was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Banks chipped in with an RBI single for the Tigers (1-3).
Rogers City 24, Johannesburg-Lewiston 1
JOHANNESBURG-The Rogers City softball team got its season off to a dominating start on Tuesday, defeating Johannesburg-Lewiston 24-1 in five innings.
After building a 10-0 lead through the first four innings, the Hurons tacked on 14 runs in the fifth inning, with 12 of those coming with two outs.
Nicole Radke pitched one inning in relief.
Melissa Pomranke earned the win for Rogers City, giving up just one run on one hit in four innings. Pomranke had 10 strikeouts on the day, with nine of them coming against the Cardinals' first nine batters.
Offensively the Hurons pounded out 17 hits. Rebecca Meredith led the Hurons with three hits and two RBIs; Logan Fleming had three hits and an RBI; Nikkie LaLonde and Linnea Brege each had two hits and an RBI; Brenna Hincka and Cassie Brege each had two hits and two RBIs; and Pomranke had two hits.
Hillman 21-15, Alcona 2-0
LINCOLN-With two rookie pitchers getting their first taste of varsity softball, the Alcona softball team took some lumps in its season opener, losing 21-2 and 15-0 (three innings) to Hillman on Tuesday.
Tiffany Younk and Kendra Cole both had a strikeout and three walks for Alcona in the opener.
Turner Somers had a single and Younk was 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
Hillman no-hit Alcona in the second game and Cole took the mound for Alcona walking seven.