Alpena softball team earns weekend sweep at Midland

MIDLAND — The Alpena softball team picked up two victories on Saturday when they traveled to Midland.

The Wildcats hung on for a 4-1 win in game one.

Jade Schultz blasted a three run home run in the second inning to lead the way offensively for Alpena.

Abbie Funk went 3-for-3 at the plate at Sydney Chojnacki went 2-for-4.

Schultz picked up the win, tossing a complete game, allowing just one hit and striking out four.

Alpena made the second game look much easier as they won 10-0.

The Wildcats were once again led by Schultz who belted a two run shot in Alpena’s five run second inning.

The Wildcats added three more runs in the third and cruised to a lopsided victory.

Emma Fraser tossed six innings and picked up the win.

Allie Funk went 3-for-4 and Nikita Cordes was 2-for-3.

Defensively, Aubree Sheldon turned in a solid game in the field.

Alpena improves to 3-2 overall and will return to the diamond on Thursday when they travel to Cheboygan.

The Alpena JV softball team also came away with sweep over Midland.

Alpena rallied to come from behind and defeat Midland 10-9 in game one.

The Wildcats trailed 7-3 in the sixth, but stormed back to take a lead and held on.

Elysa Kelley picked up the win striking out nine batters.

Ashlynne Bloom had a pair of hits and Allison Urlaub collected a hit in the win.

Alpena made game two look much easier, winning by a score of 18-0.

Urlaub picked up the win, striking out eight of the 18 batters she faced while allowing just one hit.

Hailey Niedzwiecki and Brianna Reiger-Cook both went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Alpena improves to 3-1 and will host Cheboygan on Thursday

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Rogers City softball team began its season with their usual early season test against bigger schools from downstate.

The Hurons went 2-2 on Saturday, earning victories over Holly and Livonia Stevenson, while falling to Carleton Airport and Anchor Bay.

Rogers City defeated Holly in game one 15-0.

Kyrsten Altman and Catheryn Hart combined to toss a no-hitter in a game that lasted just three innings.

At the plate, Altman had a pair of doubles and two RBI, Taylor Fleming had three hits and an RBI, Hart had two hits and four RBI and Amanda Wirgau collected two hits.

The Hurons dropped game two to Carleton Airport 7-1.

Wirgau had two hits including a double and Alissa Bowden had a triple as Rogers City was held to just three hits in the loss.

The Hurons lost an extra inning heartbreaker in game three, falling 8-7 to Anchor Bay.

Rogers City was down three in the bottom of the fifth and scored three to tie and the game eventually went to extra innings and the international tie break rule was in effect where the last out started the inning at second base.

The Hurons got outscored 5-4 in the extra frame and couldn’t cash in on opportunities they had.

Offensivley, Jeffra Dittmar had two hits and an RBI, Wirgau added a double and three RBI and Altman, Hart and Brooke Saile each had a hit with Altman driving in a pair of runs and Saile collecting an RBI.

The Hurons finished the day on a positive note, ending with a 11-8 win over Livonia Stevenson.

Hart picked up the win in the circle.

At the plate, Hart had three hits including a triple. Wirgau had a pair of hits, three RBI and a double, Bowden had two hits including a triple and two RBI and Fleming had a hit and an RBI.

“It was nice to get outside and it was a good way to start out,” Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. “I saw some positives and also saw some things now that we need to work on moving forward.”

The Hurons travel to Hale on Thursday.

BASEBALL

SAGINAW — The Alpena JV baseball team needed to play just six innings on Saturday to come away with a pair of big victories over Saginaw Nouvel.

The Wildcats rolled in game one, winning 17-2 in three innings.

Everyone in the Alpena lineup had a hit in game one and the Wildcats were led by Travis Weide who went 3-for-3 and Victor Chen who was 2-for-3.

Ashton Perrin and Charlie Williams both went 1-for-2.

Weide pitched two innings and Noah Marquardt tossed the final frame.

Game two wasn’t much closer as the Wildcats rolled to a 14-0 victory, once again needing just three innings.

Weide went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Matt Thompson and Keegan Hahn each had two hits and combined to pitched the three inning game as Hahn started and went the first two innings and Thompson finished the final inning.

Alpena improves to 3-1 and will travel to Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday.