TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena baseball team opened Big North Conference play on a great note Wednesday, beating Traverse City Central in a doubleheader, 14-0 (five innings) and 10-5.
Tim Atkinson earned the win for the Wildcats (3-1) in the opener, allowing only one hit and three walks with five strikeouts in four innings. Nick Skiba on in relief and struck out two and walked one.
Alpena scored two runs in the first inning and then erupted for six runs in the third inning. The Wildcats added a run in the fourth inning and exploded for another five runs in the fifth inning.
"We fell behind a little bit in the first game, it got a little scary, but we woke up," Alpena coach Phil Schultz said.
Atkinson, Dylan Glennie and Brady Marwede each had three hits and Zach Nash added two hits.
Under sloppy conditions, Alpena was the beneficiary of nine walks and several errors in the second game. Glennie, Atkinson and Evan Hamp each had a hit for Alpena and Hamp's was a pinch-hit two RBI single that was part of a five-run fourth inning for the Wildcats.
Mitch Skiba started for Alpena, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing just one hit with seven walks. Andy Marwede came on in relief and allowed a hit and a run.
Alpena will host the Soo Canada Black Sox on Friday.
Posen 11, Tawas 4
TAWAS-The Posen baseball team came up with a big 11-4 win against Tawas on Wednesday in a game that saw solid pitching from Travis Sharpe and a team that was able to draw 11 walks against struggling pitching.
Sharpe earned the win after giving only seven hits and earned two runs while only giving up one walk and picking up three strikeouts.
Sharpe was also went 1-for-2 at the plate, picking up a single. Brandon Dietz also had a huge night going 2-for-4, including a squeeze bunt that helped him get to first and gave him two RBIs.
Nick Hincka was 1-for-2, picking up an important double.
"Tawas really had a hard time with pitching tonight. They really had trouble throwing strikes and we got 11 walks off that. Once we got the guys on base, we did anything we could to get them in. Squeeze bunts, singles just anything we needed to do to win," Posen coach Pat Kowalski said.
Posen plays next in the Rogers City Invitational tournament on Saturday. The Vikings first league game comes next Monday in Mio. Mio is the reigning North Star League champion.
TAWAS-The Hillman baseball team swept a doubleheader with Tawas on Tuesday, beating the Braves 4-2 and 4-1.
Ty Jones earned the win for Hillman in the opener, striking out six, walking none and allowing one earned run in six innings. He was also 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored.
Mason VanPamel was 2-for-4 and scored two runs.
Kyle Henigan was the winning pitcher for Hillman in the second game. He struck out five, walked five and allowed two hits in six innings. He was also 1-for-3 at the plate with a home run.
Jones was 2-for-3 with two RBI, David Julka had a double and Trent Hopp squeezed in a run for the Tigers.
Traverse City Central 1
TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena softball team scored five runs in the first inning on Wednesday and never looked back, downing Traverse City Central 13-1 in six innings.
Alex Peters started for Alpena and pitched the first 4 2/3 innings. She was relieved by Corinn Gehrke who pitched the rest of the game. The duo combined for eight strikeouts, no walks and allowed three hits.
Desiree Roberson, Jenna VanDusen and Shannon Kapala each had RBIs for the Wildcats in the first inning. VanDusen came up with a two-run single after Alpena loaded the bases twice in the inning.
Alpena added a run in the second inning, a run in the fourth inning and six runs in the sixth inning.
Peters, Logan Myers and Caten Teff each went 2-for-4 and Myers and Teff each had a double.
Tawas 6, Posen 5
TAWAS-The Posen softball team jumped out to a big lead against Tawas on Wednesday, but couldn't hold it against Tawas and lost 6-5.
The Vikings (0-1) led 5-1 after three innings and kept that lead headed into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Braves responded by scoring five unearned runs to tie the game and then won the contest with a walk-off RBI single in the sixth inning.
Ashley Meyers pitched for Posen and allowed no earned runs, six hits, no walks and fanned 13. She was also 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI.
Abbie Delekta added a double for Posen and Jenna Hincka and Taylor Chojnacki each singled.
The two team got in three innings off another cap before it was called due to weather conditions.
Posen will open North Star League play on Monday in Mio.
Alcona 8-8, Whittemore-Prescott 7-11
LINCOLN-The Alcona softball team split a pair of games with Whittemore-Prescott on Wednesday, winning the first game 8-7 in seven innings and losing the second game 11-8.
Alissa Terpstra was 3-for-3 for Alcona in the opener and finished a home run short of the cycle. Samantha Schopfer added two singles and Marisa Hirshfelt was 2-for-3.
Kendra Cole started for the Tigers and struck out eight and walked eight.
Terpstra started the second game for Alcona and struck out three and walked nine before being relieved by Cole in the second inning. Cole finished with four walks and a strikeout.
At the plate, Terpstra was 2-for-3 and Hirshfelt was 1-for-3.
Alcona is scheduled to play at Oscoda today if weather permits.
Tawas 3-3, Hillman 1-1
TAWAS-The Hillman softball team took a pair of losses on the road on Tuesday, losing to Tawas 3-1 in both games.
Jensen Tchorzynski pitched in the opener for Hillman, striking out eight and allowing one hit. She also had an RBI.
Kalen Tchorzynski was 2-for-3.
In the nightcap, Jensen pitched and allowed just two hits in six innings. She also singled.
Arielle Barrie was 2-for-2 and Eden Hunt also had a hit.
TRACK AND FIELD
Posen takes 2nd at home relays
POSEN-The Posen track team took second place on its home track at the Knights of Columbus Relays on Tuesday.
Fairview won the eight-team meet with 110 points and Posen finished with 67. Rogers City took fourth (65 points) and Hillman took fifth (41 points).
The Eagles took first places in the 3200 by 3200 relay (7:37.58), long jump (57-10); 4-mile relay (24:56.34), shuttle hurdles (1:14.97), 3200 relay (10:34.42), 800 by 800 relay (3:11.68) and shot put (119-4 1/2).
Posen's lone first-place finish came in the 1600 relay with the team of Warren Beach, Lindsey Randall, Eric Rice and Korynn Hincka.
Other results for Posen are as follows: In the 3200 by 3200 relay, Zack Beland, Lea Peyer, Izaiah Hincka and Chelsea Schuch took sixth (9:04.26); In the 400 relay, Aaron Jakey, Alex Werth, Matthew Wisniewski and Elizabeth Mulka took fourth (58.47); Randall, Werth, Jakey and Anthony Freske took fourth in the long jump (56-6); Schuch, Beach, Korynn and Izaiah took second in the 4-mile relay (25:37.2). Rice, Jakey, Kayla Flewelling and Kari Ataman took third in the shuttle hurdles (1:24.08); Mulka, Freske, Ataman and Martin Mulka took fifth in the 200 by 200 relay (1:28.12); Beach, Wisniewski, Korynn and Shianne Smolinski took second in the 3200 relay (10:54.88); Anthony Freske, Sam Freske, Austin Sharpe and Wisniewski took fourth in the 800 by 800 relay (3:35.06); Rice, Kristina Wisniewski, Kelsey Jacubcin and Jordan Jacubcin took third in the shot put (114-6 1/2); Korynn and Smolinski took fourth in the high jump (9-2); Eric, Kristina Wisniewski, Amber Thomas and Anthony Freske took second in the discus (290-0) and Jakey, Ataman, Sharpe and Matthew Wisniewski in the 800 relay (2:02.05).