LINCOLN-The Alcona baseball team split two games with Rogers City on Wednesday that were near mirror images of each other score wise, with Rogers City winning 6-2 in the first and Alcona winning 6-1 in the second.
Joe Hudgins pitched for Alcona in the first game. He gave up seven hits and struck out eight batters. He also gave up four runs in the first inning.
"Joe struggled a bit in the first inning. We made some mistakes as a team defensively that really hurt us. Suddenly, we were down 4-0 and we had to make up the difference," Alcona head coach Terry Franklin said.
Paul Wilbert pitched for Rogers City in the first game, giving up only two runs, six hits and striking otu seven batters.
Cody Franklin was 2-3 as a batter, hitting a double. Trenton Lavergne was also able to hit a double while Chad Cole, Carson Jamieson and Austin Richardson all picked up a single hit.
Roger City hitters included Jake Malocha, Alex Andrzejewski and Evan Lamb all with two hits. Quentin Kelly had a two run single in the first inning.
Alcona was able to tighten up their defense to give up only two more runs after the first but the damage was done and they couldn't make up the difference.
"We had to try to battle back from that (4-0 Rogers City lead) but they (Rogers City) took advantage of our mistakes for the win," Franklin said.
Alcona was able to pick up offensively while Rogers City struggled playing back to back games.
"The emotion of being outside for the first time got to them a little. We're not used to back to back games and seeing different pitchers like that," Rogers City head coach Jesse Streich said.
Jamieson pitched in the second game, giving up only four hits and striking out three batters.
Evan Lamb pitched the first four innings for Rogers City, giving up five runs, six hits and striking out six while Andzejewski finished out the game. Lamb picked up two hits, including one double.
Cody was 2-3 in the second game, picking up two doubles and two RBI's. Austin Cole was 2-2. Richardson, Jamieson and Jared Steiner all picked up one hit a piece.
Alcona is now 6-1 overall and remains 4-0 in the Huron Shores Conference. They host Standish tomorrow. Rogers City is 1-1 and plays in the Hillman Invitational on Saturday in game one against Marquette.
Newberry 12-8, Hale 1-3
HALE-The Hale baseball team had a rough night against Newberry on Wednesday, losing two games due to errors and a struggling defensive drive.
"Newberry has a really solid pitcher and we just comitted way too many errors," Hale coach Ben Murphy said.
Kaydon Remier pitched the first game and gave up 12 runs, five of which were earned. He successfully struck out nine batters and gave up four walks.
Hits didn't come easily for Hale with a Ryan Richardson double being the only hit of the night. He also drive in Remier, who got on base after getting hit by the ball.
Hale played more strongly in the second game and was leading 2-1 in the fourth but they gave up five un-earned runs off of three errors to give Newberry a 4-2 lead they continued to expand upon.
Richardson had a solid night as a pitcher, striking out 15 batters, giving up only one walk and only five hits. He only earned one run on the night.
"Ryan definitely deserved a better fate tonight. He was really grooved in but he had no defense to back him up," Murphy said.
Remier and Richardson both picked up one hit and one RBI apiece. Hunter Boylen and Travis Tripp picked up one single apiece.
Hale is now 0-4 overall and stays at 0-2 in the North Star League. They host Mio tomorrow.