There wasn't much Traverse City Central could do to slow down the Alpena softball team at the plate on Thursday.
The Wildcats tallied 19 hits and outscored the Trojans 23-5 in a softball doubleheader at Alpena High School, beating Central 8-2 and 15-3.
Rhianna Adams led Alpena's offensive display, hitting two home runs and driving in seven runs on four hits.
News Photo by James Andersen
Alpena’s Rhianna Adams (9) takes a pitch during the first game of a softball doubleheader Thursday at Alpena High School. Adams hit two home runs and had seven RBI as Alpena earned two wins over Traverse City Central.
"Our middle of the lineup 3-6 drove in a lot of runs, but they had a lot of baserunners to drive in too, so the whole team played well," Alpena head coach Paul Marwede said.
Central got two quick runs in the opener to take a 2-0 lead in top of the first inning, but Alpena answered back in the bottom of the inning with three runs and never gave up the lead.
Brenna Bourdage started things off with an RBI double and Adams followed her with a two-run home run to centerfield to give Alpena a 3-2 advantage.
The Wildcats (7-3, 4-0 Big North) added two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth, finishing with nine hits.
"I was happy with our kids, the way we hit and the ball and we definitely outhit them," Marwede said. "Every day for 100 days in the spring we try to hit the ball hard and if we get the ball in the middle good things will happen."
Alex Peters had three hits for Alpena in the opener; Bourdage had two hits and a pair of RBI; Adams drove in three runs and scored twice; Kelli Stevens, Claire Coopes-Meske, Abby MacArthur and Kendra Lay each had a hit.
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the nightcap after an RBI double from Adams and an RBI groundout by Caten Teff.
Alpena got into a jam in the bottom of the first inning of the nightcap after Central loaded the bases on some defensive misplays by the Wildcats. Central scored its only run of the game in the inning after a leadoff triple and an error allowed the Trojans to cut Alpena's deficit to 2-1.
Helped out by Central's pitching troubles, Alpena sent 16 batters to the plate during a 12-run fourth inning. The Wildcats collected just five hits, but drew seven walks, including two with the bases loaded.
Shannon Kapala started the scoring in the fourth with an RBI double. After Logan Myers added an RBI groundout, Adams smacked her second home run of the afternoon, this one a three-run shot to rightfield to put Alpena ahead 8-1.
After a pair of bases loaded walks, Alpena added five more runs before the end of the inning with two of them coming on a two run double from Myers.
"We started off with two runs in the top of the first and sort of made things a little bit interesting, but our bats came alive," Marwede said. "Their pitching was a little slower and a little erratic and sometimes that's hard to hit too."
Myers had two hits and two RBI for the Wildcats; Peters had three hits and four RBI; Stevens, Peters, Sarah McLaren and Kapala had a hit each.