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Shutting them down

Rogers City softball team relies on solid pitching, clutch hitting to hand Hillman first two losses of the season

April 17, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

HILLMAN- Melissa Pomranke and the Rogers City softball team finally put the brakes on Hillman

Rogers City's newest pitcher helped hand Hillman its two losses of the season, 9-1 and 3-2 in a softball doubleheader Tuesday at Hillman High School.

Pomranke pitched a complete game in the opener, allowing just one run on five hits while fanning nine and walking just two.

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News Photo by James Andersen
Rogers City’s Morgan Hall (12) beats a throw to first base during the first game of a softball doubleheader on Tuesday at Hillman High School. Hall beat the throw from Hillman pitcher Jensen Tchorzynski, left. to first baseman Carissa Herrick for a single.

Rogers City (5-0) left two runners on base in the first inning and took the lead in the second. Linnea Brege had an RBI single to give Rogers City a 1-0 lead and then a wild pitch and a throwing error allowed Pomranke and Brege to score and put the Hurons ahead 3-0.

Hillman (8-2), which had outscored its opponents 102-17 in its first eight games, managed multiple hits in only two innings and scored its only run in the seventh inning. After Alissa Clink doubled to lead off the inning, Arielle Barrie hit an RBI double to score her.

Hillman put runners on the corners with two outs in the seventh inning, but Pomranke struck out Amanda Kennard to end the game.

The Hurons added to their lead with a six-run fifth inning. After Rogers City's first two runners reached base, Rebecca Meredith hit a two-run single. Later in the inning, the Hurons loaded the bases with two outs and several hitters came through with clutch hits to tally four more runs for Rogers City. Cassie Brege had an RBI single and Logan Fleming got her only hit of the game, driving in two more runs with a double.

"We knew going in it was going to be a good game and it's good to play a team like that," Hillman coach Curt Tebo said. "Our defense was a little down. We made a lot of errors that would've given us outs and gotten us out of innings.

Nikkie LaLonde and Cassie Brege had two hits each for Rogers City.

Jensen Tchorzynski took the loss for the Tigers, allowing nine runs on nine hits. She struck out 11 and walked four.

Clink and Rachel Mayes both singled to start off the second inning for Hillman, but Pomranke quickly neutralized the threat, getting Audrey Julka to hit into a double play and getting Barrie to groundout.

Mayes and Clink each had two hits for Hillman.

"I was very happy with the doubleheader. It was two good teams battling it out and I was very happy with the sweep. It was a great team effort," Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said.

The Tigers improved defensively in the nightcap, but ultimately fell one run short. Hillman got a runner on second and then a runner on third in the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn't drive either runner home.

Nicole Radke started the game for the Hurons, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on five hits. She struck out three and walked one.

Pomranke came on in relief and struck out six of the 11 batters she faced.

"She's done very well," Grambau said of Pomranke. "Both Melissa and Nicole are throwing the ball well."

Morgan Hall, Courtney Streich and Fleming each had two hits for the Hurons, who finished with 10.

Tchorzynski took the mound again for Hillman and allowed nine hits while striking out nine.

On offense, Hillman had eight hits. Barrie had two hits including a solo home run and Mayes had two hits.

Hillman plays at Fairview on Thursday and Rogers City plays at Petoskey on Thursday.



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