HILLMAN-When the Rogers City softball team shows patience and is disciplined at the plate, good things usually happen.
That patience and discipline paid off in a big way on Thursday as the Hurons pounded out 25 hits on the way to 12-2 and 13-2 (five innings) wins over Hillman in North Star League play.
Rogers City (16-4) went quietly in the first few innings of the opener, but once the Hurons found their groove there was no stopping them.
"We were just nervous because we knew Jensen (Tchorzynski) and Kalen (Tchorzynski) are both great pitchers and I think we just focused on making contact in front and hoping it would go good from there," Rogers City sophomore Sarah Meredith said.
Meredith finished the doubleheader with five hits, including a two-run home run and seven RBIs. Logan Fleming had five hits and five RBIs.
One week after dropping a doubleheader against No. 3 Posen, the No. 4 Hurons took control early and never looked back.
They erupted for seven runs in the top of the fourth inning of the opener to take a 7-1 lead after sending 12 batters to the plate. Fleming highlighted the outburst with a two-run triple and four other Hurons had RBIs.
Rogers City tacked on five more runs in the sixth inning, all of them coming with two outs. Meredith hit a two-run dinger to center field and Fleming and Morgan Hall each had an RBI double.
"When we're disciplined, we're good hitters and we were disciplined today," Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. "These girls work hard on hitting and my hitting coach Gary Bisson does a good job with the kids."
Hillman (12-6), who entered the game ranked No. 6 in Class D, managed just six hits against Rogers City pitcher Nikki Radke. The Tigers scored a run in both the third and fourth innings, but were held to just one hit in the final two innings.
Radke allowed six hits and two runs with five strikeouts in the win.
Eden Hunt had an RBI double for Hillman and Kalen had an RBI single. Jensen took the loss, allowing 12 runs on 12 hits with nine strikeouts.
Rogers City didn't take long to get going in the nightcap as the Hurons scored nine runs in the top of the first inning. Thirteen hitters batted for the Hurons and seven of them scored at least once.
Meredith had two hits and three RBIs during the offensive eruption and Fleming had two RBI hits. Kayla Fleury and Rachel Chojnacki also had RBI hits.
Hillman answered back in the bottom of the inning after Jensen hit a two-run home run to cut the lead to 9-2. From there however, the Tigers were limited to one hit and finished with four.
Rogers City added two runs each in the second and third innings. In the second inning, Chojnacki had a two-run triple and Alexa Quaine had an RBI triple in the third inning and Meredith added an RBI single.
Quaine earned the win for the Hurons, striking out five and allowing two runs on four hits.
Kalen took the loss for Hillman, striking out three and walking one.
Rogers City still has a tough slate of games ahead of it, but Grambau was happy to walk away a victor against another ranked team.
"I thought we played really well. Really happy to get the wins today," Grambau said. "We hit the ball hard, we made some good plays and it was a pair of good wins for us."
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