MARQUETTE-The Alpena High School softball team swept Marquette on Saturday in 3-2 and 15-2 wins in games that saw just about everybody on the team contribute.
Alpena (8-2) staged a comeback in the first game, as it trailed 2-0 through six. It scored its first run when Jenna VanDusen led off the inning with a walk. She made it home on a wild pitch to narrow Marquette's lead to 2-1.
Alexis Smith singled in the seventh inning and got into scoring position when she stole second.
A single by Desiree Robertson sent her home, tied up the game and forced the extra inning.
Alex Peters drove in VanDusen, the international tie breaker girl, from second in the eighth to pick up the win.
Kara Gehrke pitched all eight innings, striking out five and walking one. She led at the bat with three hits.
The Wildcats had no trouble getting its 15-2 win in the second game, with multiple players having perfect nights at the bat.
VanDusen went 3-for-3, Robertson went 4-for-4 while Logan Myers went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and nine RBIs.
Just about everybody hit at least a single in a productive and high scoring team-oriented game.
Lauren Heath pitched three innings for the win. She struck out three. Peters finished the game and picked up two strikeouts.
Alpena hosts Ogemaw on Tuesday.
Whittemore-Prescott wins Hillman Invitational
HILLMAN -The Hillman baseball team hosted a four team invitational on Saturday. Whittemore won the tournament, followed by Ogemaw-Heights, Hillman and McBain.
Hillman lost 4-0 against Whittemore in the opening game. Ty Jones pitched three innings for the loss, giving up three hits, two walks, four unearned runs and striking out five.
Dyaln Ross led at the bat, going 1-for-3 with a double.
Ogemaw beat McBain 11-7 in the second round to advance to the championship matchup against Whittemore.
Hillman solidified its third place showing with a 10-0 shut out over McBain. Kyle Hennigan pitched five innings for the win. He gave up two hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Hennigan also led at the bat, going 1-for-3 with an RBI. Gunnar Libby also picked up an RBI.
Whittemore beat Ogemaw in a tight 2-1 championship matchup for the tournament win.
Hartland 10, Alpena 3
Alpena 15, Ann Arbor Skyline 9
ANN ARBOR-The Alpena JV baseball team finally started its season down in Ann Arbor, where it lost 10-3 against Hartland and won 15-9 against Ann Arbor Skyline.
The Wildcats (1-1) struggled at the bat in the first game, picking up only four hits. Braedan Werth, Rhett Limback, Rhett McDonald, Trevor Lacombe all had hits.
Alpena made up for lost time in the second game, picking up 15 total hits, with 10 batters getting hits.
Werth was a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple while Brady Nowak went 3-for-4 with a triple.
Joe Ayala, McDonald and Bailey Marquardt combined for the win. They struck out nine batters.
The JV team travels to Ogemaw on Tuesday.
Onaway track teams
MANCELONA-Three local boys and girls track teams competed in the 10 team Mancelona Invite on Friday. The Posen girls earned the highest placing with a third place finish (102.50). Grand Traverse Academy and Johannesburg-Lewiston tied for first with 144.50 followed by Posen, Central Lake (73), Mancelona (67), Gaylord St. Mary (50), Onaway (37), Hillman (15.50), Ellsworth (8) and Forest Area (5).
Posen's top finisher Korynn Hincka with three individual gold medals. She won the high jump (5'00"), the 1,600 run (5:46.72), and the 800 run (2:34.53). Hincka was also part of the 1,600 relay team (Jeli Patterson, Kayla Lenard, Lindsey Randall) that won gold (4:35.97).
Other first place finishes for Posen: Patterson won discuss (79'07"). Patterson was also fifth place in the 100 dash (14.09) and second in shot put (30'08.50").
Other top finishes for Posen: Kelsey Jakubcin with a fifth place finish in shot put (27'04.75"). Jakubcin also had a fifth place finish in discuss (61'05.50"). Randall had second in the 400 dash (1:05.34) while Austin Sharpe had a third in 300 hurdles (56.50). Lenard finished fifth in the 200 dash (30.58).
The 3,200 relay team (Kayla Flewelling, Chelsea Schuch, Selina Geredes, Same Freske) was fifth (12:58.35). The 800 relay team (Randall, Elizabeth Mulka, Lenard, Sharpe) was second (1:59.50). The 400 relay team (Randall, Mulka, Geredes, Sharpe) was fifth (58.64).
Onaway's top finisher was Elise Arkwood with a second place finish in the 300 hurdle (56.36).
Other top finishers for Onaway: the 3,200 relay team came in fourth (12:30.24). Claire Bastian was fourth in the 3,200 run (14:09.27). Maddie Watts came in fifth in the 100 hurdles (21.44). The 800 relay team came in fourth (2:04.58).
Top finishers for Hillman included: a fourth place finish for Grace Buck in the high jump (4:03.10"). A fourth place finish for Riley Appelgren in the long jump (12'08.00"). A fourth place finish for Michelle Smith in discuss (67'03.50").
The Mancelona boys won the meet with 166 points. It was followed by Joburg (101.50), Grand Traverse Academy (85.50), Forest Area (78), Onaway (63), Gaylord St. Mary (41.50), Ellsworth (39), Central Lake (35.50), Hillman (22) and Posen (14).
Joe Traynham was Onaway's top competitor with a second place finish in the 1,600 run (4:57.46 and a second place finish in the 3,200 run (11:02.62). Cameron Horn had a third place finish in 110 hurdles (19.33) and a third place finish in 300 hurdles (48.25).
Top finishers for Onaway: Cody Morell had a fifth place finish in discuss (102'05"). Seth Satchwell had a fourth place finish in the 800 run (2:28.04). Morgan McLean was fifth in the 3,200 run (11:57.54). The 3,200 relay team was third (9:41.08) while the 400 relay team was fourth (49.74). The 1,600 relay team was fifth (4:08.72).
Josh Reinbold was Hillman's top finisher with a second place tie in high jump (5'03.10"). Mike Klein got a fifth place finish in the 200 dash (25.75).
Other top finishers for Hillman: The 800 relay team (Klein, Kenny Kolcan, Reinbold, Brendan Blanton) was fifth (1:50.00). The 400 relay team (Klein, Kolcan, Reinbold, Zach Elswick) was fifth (50.61).
Posen's top finisher was Emil Cramon with a second place finish in the 800 run (2:27.03).
Alcona, Rogers City and Mio track teams compete in Whittemore-Prescott Invitational
WHITTEMORE -Whittemore-Prescott hosted 16 other teams in the Whittemore-Prescott Invitational on Friday. Boys and girls teams for Rogers City, Mio and Alcona competed.
The Gladwin girls won with 98 points followed by Roscommon (74), Alcona (64.50), Lake City (61), Whittemore (60), Houghton Lake (53), John Glenn (52), McBain (50), Pinconning (48), Oscoda (37), Tawas (27), Rogers City (20), Grayling (10), Grace Christian (6), Mio (2.50) and Hale and Skeels (0, each).
Megan Quick and Karina Cole were Alcona's top finishers with two individual medals each.
Cole was third in the 800 run (2:41.732) and fourth in the 1,600 run (6:02.50) Quick finished third in the 400 dash (1:04.652) and fifth in the 200 dash (29.328).
Alcona's only golds came in relay events. The 1,600 relay team (Quick, Torie Harmon, Katelyn Nelson, Cole) won (4:31.082). The 3,200 relay team (Quick, Harmon, Nelson, Cole) also won (10:40.25).
Other top finishers for Alcona included: Sydney Pierce with a fifth place finish in high jump (4'08.20") and a fifth place finish in the 300 hurdles (53.546). Harmon had a fourth place finish in the 400 dash (1:04.652). The 800 relay team (Miranda Schalk, Katherine Edwards, Rachel Warner, Pierce) had a fifth place finish (2:03.538).
Rogers City's top finisher was Emily Malocha with a third place finish in the 3,200 run (13:00.52) and a third place finish in the 1,600 run (6:00.84).
The Hurons' only other top five finish was it 3,200 relay team (Taylor Shay, Torri Delekta, Rebecca Myers, Malcoha) with a time of 11:34.686.
The Tawas boys won its meet with 109 points followed by Gladwin (99), Lake City (91), John Glenn (84), Grayling (43), McBain (41), Roscommon (40), Houghton Lake (33), Pinconning (21), Mio (19), Rogers Ctiy (13), Alcona (7).
Mio's top finisher was Bryce DeGrammont in the 800 run (2:07.47). Its only other top five finish was the 400 relay team (47.845).
Rogers City's top finisher was Chris Lopez with a fourth place finish in the 100 dash (12.169).
Alcona's top finisher was Garette Norling, with a third place finish in the 200 dash (24.776).
Petoskey 79.5, Alpena 59.5
PETOSKEY-The Alpena junior high boys track team competed against Petoskey on Thursday, falling 20-points short of beating the Northmen.
The Wildcats picked up seven first place finishes. The 800 relay team (Mike Clark, Robert Fairchild, Issac Jore, Dakota Kerr) won (1:55.12). Clark also won the 100 dash (13.04). Alex Arch won the high jump (5'08") and the 400 dash (59.6). Tommy Mayes won shot put (34'11") while Christian Stevens won pole vault (7'00"). The 1,600 relay team (Arch, Jore, Bennet Speaks, Nate Trelfa) won (4:22.02).
Second place finishes for Alpena: Fred Magedeleno in the 55 meter hurdles; Stevens in the 800 run; Aden Smith in the 1,600 run; Speaks in the 400 dash and pole vault; and Josh Smith in the 200 hurdles.
Third place finishes for Alpena: Matt Benedict in the 3,200 run and pole vault; Fairchild in the 100 dash; Magdeleno in the 200 hurdes; Ian Smith in shot put; and Aden Smith in long jump.
Alpena travels to Cheboygan on Wedensday and hosts Gaylord on Thursday.