The Alpena Community College softball team had plenty of runners in scoring position during Sunday's doubleheader against Macomb, but couldn't always bring them home.
Despite a seventh-inning home run from Lauren Seibert to tie the second game at two, the Lumberjacks couldn't pull the game out in extra innings, losing 3-2 after leaving eight runners on base for the game.
The Monarchs also took the opener 6-4 and won two from ACC on Saturday, 15-1 (six innings) and 9-3.
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ACC third baseman Lauren Seibert throws a ball to first base during the first game of a doubleheader Sunday against Macomb.
ACC (13-9) stranded 18 baserunners on Sunday, but played much better than it did on Saturday, finishing with 16 hits.
After yesterday, the way we played, I'm really happy with the way we played today. Our pitching was good," ACC coach Pat Anderson said. "It's hard to throw four games against one team, but with Brittany (Maki) being hurt, Lindsay (Ponik) did a good job holding them down. Our defense was good overall, still a couple miscues they took advantage of and good teams do that."
Macomb got on the board first in the nightcap, loading the bases with one out and getting a run across when a batter was hit by a pitch.
The Lumberjacks got a pair of runners on in the fifth inning and Karena Hipkins eventually scored on a passed ball to tie the game.
Jessica Thueme gave the Monarchs a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, sending a pitch over the fence for a home run.
With one out in the seventh inning, Seibert answered the Monarchs with a solo shot of her own, sending Megan Dyer's first offering over the left field fence.
"I've been struggling a lot at the plate, but I knew we needed to get a hit and I stepped up. There's a lot of adrenaline going and I think that helped a little bit," Seibert said.
ACC got a runner to second in the eighth inning, but couldn't score. Macomb then loaded the bases with one out and scored the winning run after an RBI double from Morgan Thomson.
Rachael Barnes and Kasi Swajanen led ACC with two hits each.
Seibert gave the Lumberjacks an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, before Macomb knotted the game in the fourth inning.
After Macomb tied the game in the fourth inning, ACC took the lead back in bottom of the fourth, after a two-run double from Ondreya Willis and an RBI single from Greta Grambau put the Lumberjacks ahead 4-1.
Macomb rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning and then took the lead for good in the sixth inning after solo home runs from Whitney Weston and Thueme.
"Macomb's definitely a tough team. I don't know if they're four games better than us, but I know that we've had a lot more hits than our last couple of weekends," Seibert said.
ACC got two runners on in the seventh inning, but couldn't score either of them. In all, the Lumberjacks stranded 10 runners in the opener.
Barnes and Swajanen each had two hits to lead ACC.
Ponik took the losses in both games, but pitched well, throwing nine scoreless innings on Sunday between the two games.
ACC will conclude its regular season on Wednesday when it hosts Oakland and Anderson said for the Lumberjacks to end on a high note, they'll will need to play the kind of ball they're used to playing.
"I think what we need to do is keep doing what we've been stressing all year: come out and play your own ball game," Anderson said. "All these girls have played since they were five and they're all good ball players and they're all capable of playing very good, top-notch ball and if they do that, then we won't have any problem beating any team."