TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena softball team overcame a steady rain and came up with some clutch hits to capture a Division 1 district title on Friday in Traverse City.
The Wildcats topped Marquette 6-3 in the championship game, overcoming a 2-0 deficit with a five-run fifth inning.
With the Redman leading 2-0, Shannon Kapala lead off the inning with a walk. After Brenna Bourdage singled and Kelli Stevens walked to load the bases with two outs, Caten Teff doubled to clear the bases and put Alpena (26-9) ahead for good. Alex Peters added an RBI single and Abby MacArthur had an RBI on a close play at first base.
The Alpena softball team is pictured after they defeated Marquette to win a Division 1 district title in Traverse City on Friday.
Alpena added a run in the sixth inning after Kapala scored on a fielder's choice.
Marquette rallied in the seventh inning and got a couple of runners on base after some Alpena miscues, but the Wildcats hung on and got the win after the Redmen came up with an RBI double.
"We perservered. All the teams and all the players had to kick the challenges of the weather," Alpena coach Paul Marwede said. "Down 1-0, 2-0, we battled and believed that if we got baserunners on we would get that key hit. Defensively, we kept the game within 1-2 runs."
Alpena collected eight hits and Laura Lewis allowed just four hits and two walks on the mound while fanning one batter.
In the semifinal, Alpena defeated Traverse City West 11-3, erupting for eight runs on nine hits in the second inning.
MacArthur had two hits in the second inning and finished the game 3-for-4; Claire Coopes-Meske was 3-for-4; Desiree Robertson was 2-for-3 with a double and Peters was 4-for-5.
Lewis pitched the first three innings before Corinn Gehrke came on to pitch in relief. Alpena's pitchers combined to strike out seven and allowed five hits.
Alpena will play the winner of the Clio district on Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University.
Stevens qualifies for regionals for second straight year
DAVISON-Ian Stevens qualified for regionals for the second year in a row and the Alpena boys golf team finished 10th out of 12 teams at a Division 1 golf district Friday in Davison.
Stevens fired an 87, good for fourth place among the district's individual qualfiers. He will compete in the regional Thursday at Boulder Pointe Golf Club in Lake Orion.
Scott Gilmet had a 92 for the Wildcats, Tate Skiba shot a 93 and Gray Martin had a 99. Alpena had a team score of 371.
Traverse City West 9, Alpena 2
TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena baseball team's season came to an end on Friday as the Wildcats lost 9-2 to Traverse City West in a district semifinal game.
Seven of West's nine runs were unearned as the Titans scored two runs in the second inning, four in the fourth inning and three in the sixth inning.
Alpena (17-17) had six hits for the game and got baserunners in scoring position several times, but couldn't bring them home. The Wildcats scored both their runs in the seventh inning as Zach Nash and Brady Marwede collected RBI.
Mitch Skiba pitched the first four innings for Alpena and surrendered five runs. He was relieved by Tim Atkinson who pitched the remainder of the game.