Alpena Community College baseball loses at home to Community Christian

News Photo by Owen KinzeyAlpena Community College’s Brandon Maddox pitches during a game against Community Christian on Sunday in Alpena. ACC lost to the Lions in both games with final scores of 4-3 and 9-6.

ALPENA – The Alpena Community College baseball team (4-13, 2-6 MCCAA) kicked off its home opener on Sunday, unfortunately dropping both games to Community Christian.

The Lions snuck away with both wins by scores of 4-3 and 9-6, despite a great effort from the Lumberjacks.

In the first game, ACC returned with a late rally but couldn’t finish the job, leaving two runners stranded.

While in the second matchup, the Lumberjacks imploded early, letting up nine runs within the first three innings.

“In the future, we need to not shoot ourselves in the foot as much,” ACC coach Rob Enslen said. “Routine plays have to be made, and we need to play more consistent as a whole team.”

News Photo by Owen KinzeyAn Alpena Community College Lumberjack swings at the plate in a game against Community Christian on Sunday in Alpena. ACC lost both games to the Lions.

Although Alpena would soon fall behind, Caleb Stuck started things for the Lumberjacks after a hard-hit single scored a run in the first inning.

ACC came right back in the bottom of the second, scoring another run, this time on an error.

With a two-run lead and few hiccups in the field, Alpena had a great start to the day.

That quickly changed in the top of the fourth when Community Christian put three runs up on the scoreboard to take a 3-2 lead.

Three singles and an error committed by the Lions ultimately cost Alpena the lead it would later try to reattain.

Community Christian added to its lead in the top of the seventh inning, giving ACC one final chance to respond.

The Lumberjacks could muster one run but couldn’t drive the final two runs in, leaving them on second and third base before recording its last out.

A dominant starting pitcher performance, including six innings and only allowing two runs, led the Lions to the first win.

From the jump of the second game, the Lions had already found itself the 1-0 lead.

The run was brought in by a walk, which proved to be a lingering problem throughout the day for Alpena’s Logan Geitman.

Despite going down 1-0, ACC fired back with two runs, again, due to errors by Community Christian.

But the Lions were determined to win the clean sweep, and a seven-run second inning was disastrous for the Lumberjacks.

Highlighted by a three-RBI double, several errors, and many base hits, the Lions found total control of the series.

ACC fought to get one run back but still trailed 3-8 entering the third inning.

Community Christian tacked on one final run to its score and would soon find little success at the plate against Brandon Maddox.

The Lions maintained this six-run lead all the way until the fifth inning when ACC discovered a slight offensive spark.

One run in the fifth and two more in the sixth gave Alpena a chance at a potential comeback, yet Community Christian settled down and came out with the 9-6 win.

“Wyatt Crawford and Brandon Maddox definitely stepped up today and found some success on the mound,” Coach Enslen said. “They did everything they needed to do as pitchers, and I can say that they gave us the best chance at winning.”

ACC travels to Aquinas College to play their JV team today.


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