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Mio, RC softball fall in regional finals; 3 others lose in semis

June 10, 2012
The Alpena News

BAY CITY-The Mio softball team won it's first game in Saturday's Division 4 regional at Bay City All Saints, defeating Ubly 2-0 in a semifinal.

The Thunderbolts were then defeated 11-2 in the championship game by the host Cougars, who advance to Tuesday's quarterfinal against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart at Saginaw Valley State University.

Rapid River beats Rogers City in regional final

SAULT STE. MARIE-The Rogers City softball team made things look easy during an 11-0 win over Rudyard in a Division 4 regional semifinal on Saturday.

The Hurons' season came to an end however in the regional final against Rapid River where they lost 6-1.

Rogers City finished with a 35-6 record.

Rapid River 2, Posen 1

SAULT STE. MARIE-The Posen softball team gave defending regional champion Rapid River everything it had on Saturday in a Division 4 regional semifinal.

But an unearned run in the ninth inning was enough for the Rockets to edge past the Vikings 2-1 to move to Tuesday's quarterfinal against Bellaire.

Posen (28-9) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Ashley Meyers doubled home Anna Couture. The Vikings held that lead until the fifth inning, when Rapid River scored on a misplayed ball.

Ashley Meyers took the loss for Posen, allowing four hits and two unearned runs with five strikeouts and five walks, but pitched a stellar game for the Vikings and escaped several jams along the way.

In the first inning, Meyers left Rapid River runners on second and third and stranded two more in the fifth inning after the Rockets scored. In the seventh and eighth innings, Meyers left the tying run on third base.

On offense, Posen managed just four hits, but got a handful of base runners on and wasn't always able to capitalize when they were aboard. Meyers doubled in the sixth inning with two outs but was left aboard and the same happened to Couture in the eighth inning after she singled with two outs.

Rapid River won the game in the ninth inning after a leadoff walk and a single put the winning run on second base. On the next play, Posen turned one half of a double play on a fielder's choice, but misplayed the second half, allowing the winning run to score.

Heather Sanderson struck out 12 for Rapid River, allowing one walk and four hits.

Meyers had two doubles and an RBI and Couture and Emily Delekta both singled.


Rudyard 8,

Rogers City 4

SAULT STE. MARIE-The Rogers City baseball team fell behind early during a regional semifinal against Rudyard on Saturday and couldn't catch up, losing to the Bulldogs 8-4.

Rogers City (16-19) tallied just four hits but had two steals of home plate in its bid for a third-straight quarterfinal appearance.

The Hurons took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning after an RBI single by Chase Grulke scored Paul Wilbert. A double steal later in the inning allowed Austin Brege to steal home to put Rogers City ahead 2-0.

The lead was shortlived however after a hit batter, three errors and a double led to three Rudyard runs in the bottom of the first to put the Bulldogs ahead for good.

Rudyard added four runs in the second inning, with two of them coming on a two-run double by Tyler Wilson.

The Hurons pulled off a double steal again in the third inning to score again. Chris Peacock stole third which allowed Chad Karsten to steal home, making the score 7-3.

Rudyard added a run on a passed ball in the bottom of third and the Hurons scored on a passed ball in the top of the fifth, with Karsten scoring Rogers City's final run.

Paul Wilbert took the loss for the Hurons, allowing seven runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. Peacock pitched in relief, allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Karsten, Brege, Peacock and Grulke had Rogers City's hits.

Brady VanSloten earned the win for Rudyard which will play Frankfort in a quarterfinal at Traverse City West on Tuesday.

Kingston 9, Alcona 3

BAY CITY-The Alcona baseball team's season came to an end on Saturday in a Division 4 regional semifinal as the Tigers lost to Kingston 9-3.

The Tigers (17-22) got off to a good start, scoring twice in the first inning, but couldn't keep the momentum going from there.

Dillon Dahn singled in Cody Franklin in the first inning and Bryan Layton drove in Robbie McGuire.

The Cardinals, who went to lose 5-2 to Harbor Beach in the regional final, scored three runs in the first inning and added two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the sixth. Only two of Kingston's runs were earned.

Greg Lavigne had an RBI single in the seventh inning for Alcona to score Nathan Fettes.

Trent LaVergne pitched the first inning for Alcona, allowing three runs on two hits with two walks. Layton pitched the remaining six innings in relief, allowing six runs on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

McGuire led Alcona with two hits. Layton and Fettes each doubled and Lavigne singled.



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