Lumberjacks drop home opener to Mott
Some familiar faces took the field at Alpena High School on Friday as the Alpena Community College softball team welcomed Mott Community College for the Lumberjacks’ home opener.
Former area standouts and current Mott Bears, Lizzy Kendziorski and Kayla Rabeau propelled Mott to a 7-2 victory over the Lumberjacks.
Kendziorski played her first game at Alpena as a member of the Bears and finished with a hit and reached base three times in the win. Kendziorski singled, walked once, stole a pair of bases, scored two runs and collected an RBI from the leadoff spot.
Rabeau, a former Rogers City Huron, reached base in all four of her plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, two stolen bases, two runs scored and had three RBI.
The Bears opened with three runs in the home half of the first inning to take a lead and held on the rest of the way, adding four runs across the final three innings of play.
Alpena’s first run came in the top of the third inning when Jessica Marwede singled home Morgan Dove to cut the lead to 3-1 after two and a half innings.
The Lumberjacks’ offense came from both Dove and Marwede as Dove singled and scored in the top of the seventh inning on another single off the bat of Marwede.
Offensively for ACC, Marwede led the way going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Dove reached base in all three of her plate appearances as she singled, walked twice and scored both of Alpena’s runs.
The Lumberjacks collected five hits in the game, two from Marwede and hits from Dove, Madison Girard and Alexis Ferguson.
Along with Kendziorski and Rabeau, Natalie Tackett finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.
Rachel Mackey pitched and earned the victory in the circle for the Bears and Mykayka Price started for ACC and got hit with the loss.
Originally the weekend series was supposed to be played at Mott, but the change to move the games to Alpena was made Friday morning.
The two teams resume play today as they play a triple-header with games being played at 10 a.m. noon and 2 p.m.