PETOSKEY-The Alpena High softball team won its Big North Conference opener on Thursday, beating Petoskey 10-4 and 6-2.
Kara Gehrke pitched a complete game for the Wildcats (10-2, 2-0 Big North) in the opener, allowing five hits and one walk with one strikeout.
Alex Peters tripled to score Jenna VanDusen in the first inning and Alpena took a 2-1 lead in third inning after Peters doubled to score Mary Schimmel.
Alpena added two more runs in the fifth inning after Logan Myers hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to give the Wildcats a 4-2 lead.
Schimmel singled in Desiree Robertson in the sixth inning and Alpena clung to a 5-4 lead at the end of the inning.
Alpena took control from there and added five runs in the seventh inning. Elise Leeck and Alexis Smith each had two-run singles and Alpena added a run on a passed ball.
The Wildcats outhit Petoskey 11-5.
Lauren Heath earned the win for Alpena in the nightcap, allowing two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Alpena scored two runs in the first inning after Myers had an RBI single to score Peters and Gehrke had an RBI groundout to score Myers.
In the fourth inning, Alpena scored twice. Robertson had a sacrifice fly and Schimmel had an RBI single. Alpena added a run in the fifth inning after an RBI single from VanDusen.
Alpena led 5-2 after six innings and VanDusen scored a run in the seventh inning to add to the Wildcats' lead.
Alpena had nine hits to Petoskey's two
Alpena plays at Holly today and will participate in the 48-team Michigan Stars Tournament on Saturday in Clarkson. Alpena returns home Tuesday and will host Gaylord in a Strikeout Cancer Pink Game.
Alpena JV 15-17, Petoskey 0-2
The Alpena JV softball team improved to 8-0 on the year with a pair of wins over Petoskey on Thursday, 15-0 and 17-2, each in three innings.
Mykayla Price threw a one-hit shutout in the opener, walking none and fanning five.
Alayna Nugent had a double and Liz Kendziorski had two singles.
Lizzy Heath earned the win for Alpena in the second game, allowing two runs on one hit with two strikeouts and four walks.
Kennedy Lundquist was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and Price and Taylor Kunath added hits.
Alpena will play at Lake Orion today and will take part in the Lake Orion Tournament on Friday.
Next Thursday, the Wildcats will have a Strikeout Cancer Pink Game against Sault Ste. Marie.
PETOSKEY-The Alpena High baseball team dropped its Big North Conference opener on Thursday, losing to Petoskey 1-0 (10 innings) and 6-1.
Petoskey was aided by a pair of singles and an error in the 10th inning before scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning of the opener.
Andy Marwede took the loss for the Wildcats (7-3, 0-2 Big North) after relieving Chris Modrzynski. Modrzynski pitched the first nine innings, struck out 14 and allowed three hits.
Marwede and Evan Hamp each had two hits for Alpena.
Cody Tucker took the loss for Alpena in the second game, allowing two earned runs, three hits and striking out 10.
Alpena had just six hits and Tim Atkinson had an RBI single to score Nick Skiba for Alpena's only run of the day.
Alpena hosts the MacKenzie Invitational today and Saturday. The Wildcats will play Algonac at 4 p.m. today and Sault Ste. Marie will play Grosse Pointe North.
Rogers City 1-6,
POSEN-The Posen and Rogers City baseball teams split a doubleheader on Thursday. Posen won the opener 2-1 and Rogers City took the second game 6-5.
In Game 1, Jacob Malocha had an RBI single for the Hurons to cut Posen's lead to 2-1. Quintin Kelly took the loss, going five innings allowing two unearned runs on six hits while striking out four.
The Hurons rallied back in Game 2, scoring three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Justin Saile was 2-for-2 and had an RBI single during the rally. He also earned the win, going 5 1/3 innings allowing five runs (one earned). Kelly recorded the final two outs for the save stranding the tying run on base.
Casey Szatkowski was 1-for-2 with three runs scored.
Alcona takes 2nd at Grayling Invite
GRAYLING-The Alcona boys golf team finished second at the Grayling Invitational at Grayling Country Club on Thursday. The team shot 337 (best 4 of 6) led by Lucas Weichel with a 76, which took second place individual honors.
Alcona plays at Roscommon today and at Indian River on Saturday.