The Alpena Community College softball team got the rebound it was looking for and made history in the process.
The Lumberjacks swept Delta in a softball doubleheader on Friday, winning 5-3 and 6-3 to set a new school record for wins in a season. ACC (13-5) broke the mark of 12 wins it set last season.
After being plagued by sloppy play in a split with St. Clair on Wednesday, the Lumberjacks played much better on Friday, coming alive at the plate and making consistent, solid plays on defense.
News Photo by James Andersen
Alpena’s Lindsay Ponik (left) slides into home plate and scores as Delta catcher Krista Stafford awaits the throw during the first game of a softball doubleheader on Friday. Ponik’s run gave ACC a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
"We knew we had to get two wins and we came out and we just wanted to give it everything we had," ACC outfielder Maggie Prevo said. "We knew that if we did everything exactly how we practice we would be able to come out on top."
Prevo led Alpena at the plate with four hits and four RBI and Lindsay Ponik earned two wins on the mound.
Delta pitcher Maci Schook struck out the side to begin the opener, but the Lumberjacks found their footing soon after and erupted for five runs in the second inning, with four of those coming with two outs.
Ponik gave ACC a 1-0 lead after scoring on an infield error. Prevo followed later in the inning with a two-run triple to stretch Alpena's lead to three. After Prevo's hit, Rachael Barnes followed with an RBI triple and Lauren Seibert added an RBI single before the end of the inning.
Delta went quietly until the top of the seventh inning. On Ponik's first offering, Schook smacked a three-run home run over the right field fence to pull Delta within two, 5-3.
Prevo led Alpena in the opener with three hits including two doubles.
Ponik earned the win, pitching a complete game while allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
"It felt really good," Prevo said of the wins. "It just feels good to finally be back and doing what I know we all can do as a team."
Schook, a graduate of Hillman, struck out seven and allowed five runs on seven hits.
ACC grabbed an early lead in the nightcap, scoring two runs in the first inning. Barnes crossed the plate on a throwing error and Ponik drove in Seibert with an RBI single to give ACC a 2-0 lead.
After the Pioneers scratched out a run in the top of the fourth inning, the Lumberjacks responded with four runs in the bottom half of inning to pull ahead 6-1.
Brianna Grimm singled to start the inning and was driven in two batters later by Karena Hipkins. Two batters later, Prevo hit a two-run single to score Ondreya Willis and Hipkins. Prevo then came in to score later on a passed ball.
Grimm led Alpena with two hits and Barnes, Ponik, Hipkins and Prevo had a hit each.
Delta added a run in the sixth inning and threatened to rally back after loading the bases with one out in the seventh inning. The Pioneers managed to draw a bases-loaded walk for their final run of the game, but Ponik ended the threat with two outs by striking out Krista Stafford.
Ponik allowed five hits, struck out five and walked four while getting her second win of the day.
ACC head coach Pat Anderson was happy with the way the Lumberjacks rebounded Friday, but stressed to his players afterwards that they still had a lot more to play for.
"We hit the ball a lot better today, except for the first inning of the first game. The biggest thing is that we played such good defense today," Anderson said. "I'm real happy overall with the team. We had some hitters that haven't been hitting the ball that came through very well."
The Lumberjacks will host Macomb doubleheaders today and Sunday.