ESCANABA-The Alpena baseball team won its third straight Escanaba Invitational on Saturday, defeating the host Eskymos in the championship game 4-3.
Alpena took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after Tim Atkinson, Giulio Fantasia and Dylan Glennie all came through with RBI hits.
Escanaba scored a run in the third inning and two in the fourth inning to tie the game.
Alpena (18-3) took the lead for good in the sixth inning when Nick Skiba scored on a sac fly from Fantasia. Escanaba brought the tying run to the plate, but Atkinson pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to get the save and preserve the win.
Andy Marwede was the winning pitcher for Alpena, allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings.
Five Alpena players were named to the All-Tournament Team: Atkinson, Fantasia, Mitch Skiba, Caleb Myers and Marwede
Earlier in the day, Alpena topped Neguanee 5-0.
Myers earned the win, pitching a complete game and allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Alpena scored twice in the third inning after Pintar had an RBI single and Atkinson had a sac fly. The Wildcats added two more runs in the sixth inning after pinch runner Evan Hamp scored on a passed ball and Dylan Hoes had an RBI single.
Mitch Skiba led Alpena with two hits.
On Friday, Alpena split a doubleheader with Escanaba, winning the first game 4-3 and losing the second one 10-9.
Cody Tucker was the winning pitcher in the opener, throwing a complete game and allowing nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Fantasia was 2-for-2 and had a game-winning RBI hit in the seventh inning. Pintar doubled and Zach Nash, Hoes and Brady Marwede each had an RBI in the game.
Nick Skiba, Pintar and Fantasia combined to pitch for Alpena in the nightcap and Fantasia ended up with the loss, allowing three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Fantasia led Alpena with three hits and two RBIs. Pintar had a pair of RBIs as well.
Alpena hosts Traverse City West tomorrow in a battle for the Big North Conference title.
TRACK AND FIELD
Alcona qualifies nine for D4 state finals
BRECKENRIDGE-Megan Quick won two events and the Alcona girls track team qualified three relay teams for the state finals at a Division 4 regional in Breckenridge on Saturday.
Quick took firsts in the 400 dash (59.0) and 800 run (2:25.90) to qualify for the state finals in both events.
The 3200 relay team of Quick, Torie Harmon, Nicole Smith and Karina Cole set a new school record (10:13.40) and finished second to qualify for states. The 800 relay team of Smith, Harmon, Cole and Miranda Schalk also finished second (1:58) to reach the finals. The 1600 relay team which included Quick, Smith and Cole also qualified after finishing second (4:20.70).
The state qualifiers will compete in Hudsonville on June 1.
Alcona finished sixth as a team with 47 points. Schalk also had a sixth-place finish in the 400 dash (30.51).
The Tigers' boys team finished eighth with 28 points and qualified two relays teams for the finals.
The 400 relay team of Aaron Ritchie, Mitchel Havercroft and Garrette Norling took second (45.90) and the 1600 relay team of Norling, Ritchie, Havercroft and Eric Hampton also took second (3:40.90).
Other top finishers for the Alcona boys were: the 3200 relay team of Nick Bouchard, Chad Haneckow, Jacob Stelmachowske, and Jeffery Schram (8th, 9:33.40); the 800 relay team of Brandon Ritchie, Havercroft, Hampton and Norling (5th,1:38.01); Norling in the pole vault (8th); Hampton in the long jump (8th) and Aaron Ritchie in the 200 dash (4th).
Posen goes 2-1 at Hoseli Tournament
PETOSKEY- The Posen softball team took second place at the Christi Hoseli Memorial tournament in Petoskey on Saturday. The Vikings finished 2-1 on the day in a modified 5-team round robin format.
Coleman won the tournament with wins over Hillman (3-1), Harbor Light Christian (14-1) and charlevoix (8-4).
The Vikings won their first game 14-2 in four innings against Harbor Light Christian. Taylor Chojnacki earned the win for Posen (21-5), allowing three hits, one earned run and one walk with two strikeouts. At the plate, Chojnacki had a two-run inside-the-park home run. Anna Couture was 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored; Abbie Delekta was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs; and Monica Bartz and Kayla Lenard were both 2-for-3.
Posen lost its second game to Charlevoix 4-1. Ashley Meyers took the loss, allowing two earned runs on nine hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Charlevoix made several good defensive plays to limit the Vikings to just two hits, one single each by Lenard and Jenna Hincka.
The Vikings closed out the day with a win over Hillman, whom they beat in a doubleheader on Thursday. Chojnacki earned the win, allowing one earned run on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Posen was limited to just three hits, but made them count: an RBI single by Meyers, a two-RBI triple by Chojnacki and an infield single by Bev Bednarski.
Posen hosts Bellaire on Wednesday.
Alpena JV goes 1-1 in Rudyard
RUDYARD-The Alpena JV softball team split a pair of games against varsity opponents at a tournament in Gaylord on Saturday.
In the opener, Alpena was beaten 6-5 by Gaylord. The Wildcats led 4-2 headed to the bottom of the sixth inning and the Blue Devils scored twice to tie the game.
Mykayla Price had an RBI triple to score Alexis Smith in the seventh inning to put Alpena up 5-4, but Gaylord struck back with a pair of runs to win.
Price pitched and allowed seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts. She was also 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. Olivia Cordes was 2-for-4.
Alpena won its second game, 19-2 over Rudyard. Lauren Heath was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.
Price hit a grand slam and Kelsey Udell was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
Alpena is 19-1 on the year and plays at Traverse City West tomorrow.
Bay City Western 3, Alpena 0
BAY CITY-The Alpena girls soccer team trailed just 1-0 with 12 minutes to play on Saturday, but a pair of goals in the span sent the Wildcats home with a 3-0 loss to Bay City. Western.
Alpena played without five players and got a good performance out of its backline and keeper Carley Hokesema despite playing shorthanded.
The Wildcats play at Traverse City Central tomorrow before returning home Thursday for a 4 p.m. matchup with Cheboygan.
Alpena finishes 7th at regional
FENTON-The Alpena girls tennis team took seventh out of 11 teams at a regional in Fenton on Thursday.
Earning points for Alpena were: Erin Wilson at one single; Katie Cook at two singles; Carlee Giordano at three singles; Shae Rondeau and Abbey Jackson at one doubles; Ashley Smith and Abby Bowers at two doubles and Alivia Bowers and Chelsea Johnson at four doubles .
The Wildcats finish their season on Tuesday at the Big North Championships at Traverse City West.