ROGERS CITY-The Rogers City softball team (27-5, 9-1 Straits Area) picked up 2-0 and 9-3 wins against Hillman on Friday.
Nikki Radke pitched seven innings in the opener, giving up four hits and striking out six. Rogers City picked up four total hits and struck out six times against Hillman's Jensen Tchorzynski.
Nikkie LaLonde picked up a double in the fourth and was driven in by a Rebecca Meredith single to put the Hurons up 1-0. Morgan Hall then doubled in the fifth and scored off a bunt by Logan Fleming to take a 2-0 victory.
Brooklyn Idalski pitched six innings in the second game while Alexa Quaine pitched the last inning. They gave up seven hits.
Quaine and Fleming led Rogers City offensively with three hits. Sarah and Rebecca Meredith both picked up two hits. Hall and Radke both hit doubles while LaLonde, Courtney Streich, Cassie Brege, Rachel Chojnacki and Jessica Butera all had a single.
Rogers City travels to Bay City John Glen today to play against Croswell Lexington. The Hurons have played Lexington since their Little League days, including the year that Lexington beat Florida in the Little League World Series.
The Hurons were the only team to score against Lexington that year and beat them 5-0 last year.
"We have a huge history with this team and you can bet we're looking forward to this game," Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said.
Onaway 12-11, Inland Lakes 0-3
ONAWAY-The Onaway softball team (15-6, 13-1 Ski Valley) picked up a pair of wins against Inland Lakes on Friday, winning 12-0 and 11-3 to improve its chance of winning another Ski Valley Conference title.
Emily Estep pitched five innings in the opener for Onaway, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out seven.
Emily Estep, Megan Estep, Morganne Badgero, Lexi Szymoniak and Jade Galer all had one hit a piece.
Estep pitched all seven innings in the second game, giving up five hits, no earned runs and struck out 11.
Megan Estep went 3-for-3 with five RBIs. Szymoniak was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Badgero, Emily Estep, Temara Lupu, Lindsay LaLonde and Jade Galer all had one hit a piece. Sam Brasseur picked up a two RBI hit.
Onaway is hosting Pellston on Tuesday. If they split the doubleheader, they share the Ski Valley Conference championship, but a sweep would give Onaway sole claim to the title.
Alpena JV 16-15, Traverse City West 0-0
TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena JV softball (21-1, 10-0 Big North) team extended its Big North win streak by taking two games against the Titans by a combined total of 31-0.
Mykayla Price pitched all six innings in the first game, giving up only one hit and striking out 11.
Jennifer Mainville went 3-for-4 with a double while Alexa Smith went 2-for-5 with a double.
The second game saw Lauren Heath pitching three innings in the mercy win. She gave up one hit and strike out five.
Sarah Bodus went 2-for-3 and picked up a double.
The Alpena JV team hosts Sault on Tuesday to finish off its season.
Hillman 2-9, Rogers City 5-4
ROGERS CITY-Hillman (19-4, 12-2 North Star League) and Rogers City split a pair of games on Friday with Rogers City winning the first 5-2 and Hillman snagging a 9-4 win in the second.
Kyle Hennigan pitched for Hillman in the opener, going all six innings, striking out six, giving up two walks and five hits. He gave up no earned runs.
David Julka went 1-for-3 and picked up an RBI. Ty Jones went 1-for-3, hitting a double and scoring a run. Dylan Ross also went 1-for-3 and drove in a run.
Paul Wilbert got the win for the Hurons, pitching all six innings, giving up two runs, two hits and striking out eight. He was also 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Rogers City rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Paul Wilber hit a two run single to start the rally after which Alex Andzejewski hit another two run single.
Ty Jones pitched in the second game and earned the win for the Tigers. He went all six innings, gave up five hits and struck out five. He also went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Mason VanPamel went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk while Kory Keegan went 2-for-3, picking up two runs and an RBI.
Hillman broke the game open with a 6 run fourth inning.
Andzejewski took the loss for Rogers City, pitching four innings, seven runs, four hits, walked four and struck out three. Justin Saile fanned three in relief.
Wilbert, Kelly and Clay Nadolsky all chipped in with two hits apiece for the Hurons
Hillman hosts a pre-district game against Posen on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.