Lumberjacks softball team unable to keep up with Oakland

By JONNY ZAWACKI

News Sports Writer

It was another tough day on the diamond for the Alpena Community College softball team as they dropped a pair of games to Oakland Community College on Friday at Alpena High School.

The Lumberjacks were unable to get much going offensively and didn’t have much of an answer for the Raiders hot bats, falling in game one by a score of 10-0 after just five innings.

Ashley Meyers started the game and was later relieved by Kendra Cole who would finish the remainder of the game.

Cole got the start in game two and went the distance, but the Lumberjacks fell behind early and saw themselves needing to battle back down four runs in the second inning.

The Lumberjacks got on the board in the top of the third inning as Paige Chmura slapped a leadoff single into left field. Meyers followed that up with a seeing eye single that found its way through the left side of the infield.

Alpena got its first and only run of the day when Alexa Quaine hit a ground ball to short that would eventually score Chmura from third.

That was about as much offense as the Lumberjacks could find in the doubleheader and throughout the rest of the game, continued struggling to mount any kind of comeback.

Defensively, Alpena hurt themselves with several errors which led to their demise against a very strong Raiders lineup.

Oakland regained its four run lead in the bottom half of the third and took advantage of two Lumberjack errors in the fourth inning and tacked on two more runs to take a six run lead.

Jordan Johnson had the big bat all day for the Raiders as she ripped a one out, RBI double off the fence in the fifth innning and later ended the game on a walkoff homerun, helping Oakland win by a score of 9-1 and complete the sweep.

Offensively, the Lumberjacks got hits from Chmura, Meyers, Cole and Brooke Ellis.

Alpena falls to 0-14 on the season and will be back in action today when they host a doubleheader against St. Clair Community College before wrapping up the weekend with two more games against St. Clair tomorrow.