Alpena softball team off to strong start ahead of BNC slate
ALPENA — Through the first few weeks of the season, the Alpena High softball team has plenty of reason to be pleased.
Through a dozen games, the Wildcats are 10-2, producing at the plate and pitching well. It’s just what Alpena coach Paul Marwede hopes to see as the Wildcats turn their attention to a busy schedule over the next few weeks.
“We’ve been battling cold, wet weather like everybody else, but we’re playing good defense and our pitchers have shown very good control,” Marwede said. “We’ve shown our resiliency, composure, and maturity, and those are three adjectives any coach loves to say about their team.”
Alpena’s roster this season includes seniors Kyra Lucas, Olivia Leland and Elysa Kelley, juniors Lanie Morgan, Meredith Roznowski, Emily Kalisch, Marah Wisniewski, Madison Bloom and Macy Schram, sophomores Emilee Modrzejewski, Sydney Hitzelberger, Lexius McDonald and Avery Dubey, and freshmen Izzy Edmonds and Ava Rospierski.
Through nearly 70 innings, Alpena’s pitchers, including Morgan and Edmonds, have been stellar and Marwede also praised his team’s offense, which has produced more than 10 runs a game several times already this season.
Beginning with Wednesday’s home doubleheader against Traverse City West, the Wildcats will have a challenging schedule over the next few weeks with their entire Big North Conference slate playing out over the course of 20 days.