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Hurons take two

Practice pays off for Rogers City softball in sweep of Vikings

April 23, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY- Knowing the strength of the Posen softball team's pitching, Rogers City softball coach Karl Grambau had his team put in a few hours of hitting practice on Sunday.

The extra practice paid off big for the Hurons on Monday, where Rogers City swept Posen in a softball doubleheader 6-3 and 7-3 on a day that saw blustery conditions.

"I'm very happy with the two wins, I thought our team played really well. It's too bad the weather was like it was," Grambau said. "I thought our pitchers pitched very well, I thought we played pretty good defense, considering the elements out there and we put the ball in play."

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Rogers City’s Melissa Pomranke prepares to hit a ball thrown by Posen’s Ashley Meyers during the first game of a softball doubleheader in Rogers City on Monday.

Rogers City didn't take long to get going in the opener, scoring two runs in the first inning after RBI doubles by Rebecca Meredith and Morgan Hall.

Posen got on the board in the third inning after Anna Couture crossed the plate.

The Vikings took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning. After Danielle Rhode led off the inning with a triple, Couture scored her and Amy Buczkowski after hitting a two-out, two-run triple.

The windy conditions made for an interesting day for both teams, who struggled at times with defensive plays. At the plate, several hitters hit long balls that might've been home runs on other days but resulted in long fly ball outs.

Rogers City didn't trail for long as Meredith drove in two runs with a triple in the fifth inning. The Hurons added two more runs after passed balls allowed runners to score.

Melissa Pomranke earned the win for Rogers City, fanning six and allowing five hits with one walk. Ashley Meyers took the loss for Posen, giving up six hits and striking out four with seven walks.

Meredith led Rogers City with two hits, two RBI and also scored twice.

The Hurons had six hits in the opener and finished with 17 for the day; something that Grambau was happy to see after his team put in extra hitting practice.

"We came in last night and batted because we knew that Meyers is a very good pitcher. We came in and we really spent some time batting for an hour and a half to two hours last night and I think it really showed today," Grambau said. It was voluntary and all the girls came in to take some swings.

In the nightcap, Rogers City got hot again early, tallying four runs in the first inning. After Logan Fleming doubled to lead off the inning, Courtney Streich scored her with a single. Meredith added an RBI single and Hall and Brooklyn Idalski scored on passed balls to give Rogers City a 4-0 lead.

Posen rallied back in the seventh inning, collecting four hits and scoring two runs after an RBI double from Mercedes Kowalski to score Jenna Hincka and an RBI single from Paige Lewandowski to score Hincka.

The Vikings had runners on first and second before Meyers hit a fly ball to left field to end the game.

"It was two good games. We didn't make plays at the critical times and they had some well-placed hits," Posen coach Glenn Budnick said. "But there were some plays that I thought we could've made that would've saved some runs off the board and made it a little tighter, but that's a credit to Rogers City's hitting."

Nikki Radke earned the win for the Hurons, allowing six hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Meyers took the loss, walking one, striking out five and allowing nine hits.

Logan Fleming led Rogers City with four hits and scored three runs; Streich, Meredith, and Idalski each had two hits.

Meyers had two hits for Posen.

"Our team battled back and came back there in last inning," Budnick said. "We had some batters that came up and hit some shots into the wind that would've been long home runs on any other day but today they're just long outs. It's a building block for us moving forward."



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