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A near perfect day

Altman no-hits Posen as Hurons earn NSL sweep

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Rogers City’s Kyrsten Altman delivers a pitch during game one of a North Star League softball doubleheader against Posen on Wednesday in Rogers City. Altman tossed a no-hitter and struck out 12 batters in the Hurons’ 10-0 game one victory.

ROGERS CITY — Kyrsten Altman set the tone early in Rogers City’s doubleheader sweep of North Star League rival Posen on Wednesday.

Altman tossed a no-hitter and was within one fielding error of a perfect game in the Hurons’ 10-0 game one win over Posen.

Not only was the pitching superb, the Rogers City (17-4) offense was firing on all cylinders as they combined for 25 runs in the doubleheader, winning 10-0 and 15-0, making quick work of their North Star League foe.

A fielding error in the first inning allowed Brooke Ciarkowski to reach base and it was Posen’s only baserunner of the game as Altman struck out seven consecutive Vikings (11-5) after the error and finished with 12 punch outs for the game.

“Kyrsten threw really well and I thought she did a nice job. She’s been working hard and it was good pitching. Posen has a young team and they have a good team and they’re definitely heading in the right direction. Posen works hard, but today just happened to be our day,” Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. “It was a nice day to play and we had a good day. The kids did well, we had good pitching, I thought we played pretty good defense and had some timely hits so it was nice.”

It took a bit for Rogers City’s bats to heat up, but once they did there was no cooling them down. The Hurons scored a run in the first when Taylor Fleming hit a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Amanda Wirgau.

Rogers City provided more than enough run support and blew the game wide open with four runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead. Alissa Bowden and Karissa Rabeau each drove in a run in the third inning and Grace Garrison double in a pair of runs to put the Hurons up 5-0.

Jeffra Dittmar added an RBI and Bowden singled in two more runs in the fourth to extend the lead and Fleming singled home Altman to end the game in the fifth.

“Obviously things didn’t go as we planned them. We ran into a pretty good pitcher, Kyrsten is one of the better pitchers we’ll face this year and it’s hard to prepare for when you haven’t seen pitching like that,” Posen coach Wayne Karsten said. “Sometimes we get a little rattled when things don’t go our way. We’re a better team than what we showed today, but I think a lot of it was just in our head and not necessarily in our play.”

Rogers City made quick work of Posen in the nightcap as they opened the game with six runs in the first inning. Fleming got the scoring started when she turned on a pitch and deposited a ball over the right-center field fence for a two-run home run to begin the rally.

The Hurons scored four more times in the inning and cashed in on Posen mistakes.

Rogers City batted around the order again in the second and added eight more runs to extend the lead to 14-0 after two frames. The big hit in the inning came from Garrison who collected her third hit on the day when she hit a bases loaded double to drive in three runs to put the Hurons up 12-0.

Dittmar doubled home two more runs to complete the inning.

Altman started the game on the mound and pitched two innings before being relieved by Catheryn Hart who tossed the final inning.

Wirgau singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the third as Kyley LaFleche crossed home plate to end the dominant day for the Hurons.

“We work really hard, especially on our hitting. Coach Duane Pitts does a great job coming up with different things we can do and we’re trying to have everyone improve and try to get everyone to be the best hitter that they can be. We just need to keep getting better and better in all areas of the game,” Grambau said.

On the day, Rogers City was led by Wirgau who went 5-for-6 in the doubleheader, collected three RBI and scored four runs. Garrison made her varsity debut a memorable one as she went 3-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored. Fleming blasted the home run in game two and also finished with four hits, three RBI and three runs scored. Along with the no-hitter, Altman reached base six out of eight times from the leadoff spot and scored four runs and Bowden finished with four RBI in the doubleheader.

The Vikings were held to three hits in game two as Riley Krajniak, Hannah Stone and Ciarkowski each singled in the loss.