PREP ROUNDUP: Big innings propel Alpena, Hillman softball teams to wins
ALPENA — A pair of big innings propelled the Alpena softball team to victory over Cheboygan on Thursday. Alpena won a doubleheader 9-2 and 12-1.
In the opener, Alpena trailed 2-1 early, but responded with a six-run third inning to take control. Alpena finished with nine hits and Elysa Kelley and Keely Dahl combined to allow just one hit and one walk.
In the second game, Alpena led 2-0 after three innings and scored nine runs in the fourth inning, sending 14 batters to the plate.
Sydney Hitzelberger had two hits including a two-run home run; Avery Dubey and Corine Donajkowski had two hits each.
Alpena plays in a tournament in Grand Blanc on Saturday.
Hillman tops Posen in twinbill
HILLMAN — The Hillman softball team found plenty of offense on Thursday against Posen (4-6), topping the Vikings 12-0 and 10-4.
Hillman (8-5) scored two runs in the first inning of the opener and kept adding to its lead, plating four runs in the second inning, two in the third and four in fourth.
Ava Wesner and Shelby Donajkowski each had a hit for Posen.
Nicole Barbeau earned the win for Hillman and struck out six.
At the plate, Jessica Jones had a three-run home run, Brook Bennett was 2-for-2, Kylee Green was 2-for-3, Julia Taratuta was 2-for-3, Melanie Morrison was 2-for-3 with two doubles and Saige Flaugher was 2-for-4.
In the second game, Posen tied the game at 4-all with a four-run third inning, but Hillman scored five in the top of the fourth and stayed ahead from there.
Faith Cousins and Makayla Kamyszek each had a hit for Posen, Kamyszek had two RBI and Cousins had one. Cousins, Wesner, Lizzy Romel and Abi Schellie each scored a run.
For Hillman, Taratuta was 3-for-4 with a triple; Regina Morrison was 3-for-3; Green was 2-for-3 and Flaugher was 2-for-4 with a double.
Hurons split with Oscoda
The Rogers City softball team split with Oscoda on Thursday, winning the opener 10-5 and losing the second game 14-4 (five innings).
In the opener, Rogers City broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning by scoring eight runs.
Kaitlyn Nowicki had a home run for the Hurons, Karissa Rabeau had a hit, Jeffra Dittmar had three hits, Chloe Hentkowski had two hits and Mackenzie Bruning had two hits.
In the nightcap, Rogers City led 4-3 in the fifth, but the Owls answered with 11 runs in their turn at the plate to win by mercy rule.
Nowicki had a pair of triples, Grace Garrison had a double and Bruning had a hit.
Rogers City (1-7) hosts Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday.
Alcona topples Hale
HALE — The Alcona softball team took a pair of games from Hale on Thursday, 13-3 and 16-6.
Alcona recorded multiple doubles and triples at the plate and Ashlyn Gordy had a home run. Olivia Borchardt earned the win in Game 1 and Miah Schopfer earned the win in Game 2.
Atlanta splits with Mio
MIO — The Atlanta softball team earned a split with Mio on Thursday, losing the first game 16-1 and rebounding to win the second game 17-8.
Katrina Wilson was one of Atlanta’s standout players in the second game.
Alcona sweeps Hale
HALE — Jakob Tanner earned a pair of pitching wins and the Alcona baseball team topped Hale 12-2 (five innings) and 13-2 (five innings) on Thursday.
In the first game, Gavin Walker was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI for Alcona (2-2); Zach Stephenson was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Jacob Sytek was 2-for-3 with a triple.
In the second game, Walker was 2-for-2 with three runs scored; Stephenson was 3-for-3 with four RBI and Sytek was 2-for-3 with a triple.
Alcona hosts Atlanta on Monday.
Mio takes 2 from Atlanta
MIO — The Atlanta baseball team dropped a pair of games on the road against Mio on Thursday, 4-3 and 11-2.
In the opener, Trenton Whitt threw a complete game for the Huskies and struck out eight.
Dawson Currie had a triple for the Huskies and drove in three runs.
In the second game, Dakota Stevens took the loss for the Huskies and also hit a hit.