Alpena Strikers Baseball

The Alpena Strikers 13U baseball team won the Petoskey Showdown Tournament last weekend. Four first-inning runs helped the Strikers to a 7-3 win over Mid Michigan Patriots at Petoskey High School in the championship game.

The Strikers scored in the first on an RBI single by Chris DeRocher, and Jordan Schultz.

Schultz was perfect at the dish, going 2-for-2.

Chris DeRocher got the win for Strikers. He allowed two runs over two innings. DeRocher struck out one, walked one and gave up three hits.

The Patriots jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Strikers increased its lead with two runs in the third.

After pushing across one run in the top of the sixth, the Patriots faced just a 7-3 deficit. Jared Sharpe induced a game-ending ground ball to end the threat with two men on to pick up the save.

In semifinal action the Strikers faced the Saline Hornets to see who would advance to the championship game. A nine-run explosion in the fifth inning carried Strikers to an 11-1 win in five innings over the Hornets.

The Strikers scored in the fifth on a two-run single by Anthony Berg, a steal of home by Eli Winter, an RBI double by Owen Limback and a two-run triple by Aidan Goike,

Goike racked up three RBIs on one hit for Alpena.

Jared Sharpe shut down the Hornets while he was on the rubber. The Hornets managed just two hits off of Sharpe, who allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out one during his five innings of work.

The Strikers stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring two runs on a fielder’s choice.

In pool play the Strikers faced the Diamond Eagles from Hudsonville in the opener. Alpena lost 7-6 in five innings, despite outhitting the Diamond Eagles 9-3.

It was a good day at the plate for Alpena’s Owen Limback. Limback went 2-for-3, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the first inning and tripled in the third inning.

The top of the first saw the Strikers take an early lead, 3-0. The Strikers got things going when Limback singled. More runs came home for the Strikers when Limback scored on a sacrifice fly by Aidan Goike and Plowman scored on a passed ball.

The Strikers’ pitchers allowed 14 walks including 4 in the last inning to give up 4 runs in the final inning and lose 7-6.