Alpena baseball, softball teams win on the road
BOYNE CITY–A day after earning a pair of clutch conference wins, the Alpena High softball team kept the momentum going on Wednesday with a pair of wins over Boyne City, 18-7 and 9-4 (four innings).
Kali Spomer pitched a complete game for the Wildcats (14-4) in the opener and Wildcats spotted her a quick lead, scoring nine runs through the first two innings. Alpena added four runs in the third inning, three in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Boyne scored two each in the first and third innings and three in the fifth.
Emma Fraser had a strong game for Alpena at the plate, hitting two home runs and a double among four hits in five at-bats.
Abbie Funk scored three runs and Corine Donajkowski hit a home run and scored three times.
Lilly Lewis threw a complete game for the Wildcats in the nightcap, which ended four innings due to weather and darkness.
Alpena trailed 2-1 after an inning, but scored five runs in the second. Boyne battled back to make it 5-4 after two innings, but the Wildcats took control with a run in the third inning and three more in the fourth.
Fraser had two hits and scored twice; Donajkowski hit another home run and Funk and Dayna LaBell each scored twice.
Alpena will host its annual tournament on Saturday. The Wildcats will play Garden City for one game at 5 p.m on Friday. On Saturday, during the four-team tournament, Alpena will play Grand Blanc at 10 a.m., Clarkston at noon and Garden City at 2 p.m.
Alpena’s JV softball team topped Boyne City twice as well, winning 14-0 in the first game and 7-1 in the nightcap.
Allison Urlaub earned the win for Alpena in game one and Elysa Kelley was the winning pitcher in game two.
Alpena topples Falcons
WEST BRANCH–Chris DeRocher threw a shutout and the Alpena High baseball team overcame a slow start to top Ogemaw Heights in a twinbill on Wednesday, 6-3 and 13-0.
DeRocher blanked the Falcons in the nightcap, allowing one hit, walking three and striking out three in four innings.
The Wildcats spotted DeRocher four runs in the first inning and kept building their lead from there. The Wildcats added two runs in the second inning, four runs in the third inning and three in the fourth inning.
Aidan Goike had a pair of hits, a pair of RBI and scored twice for Alpena; Kyle VanDusen had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI; DeRocher had two hits and an RBI; Riley Arlt had a hit and three RBI and Hunter Canute had a hit and two RBI.
The Wildcats led 5-0 after four and a half innings in the opener, but the Falcons countered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-3. Alpena added an insurance run in the sixth inning and finished with 10 hits.
VanDusen went 3-fo-3 and Anthony Berg and Arlt each had two hits.
Jordan Schultz earned the win for Alpena, allowing four runs (three earned) with six walks and seven strikeouts. Clay Donajkowski pitched the final two innings in relief.
“We did pretty good. We battled through the elements,” Alpena coach Phil Schultz said. “We got two strong pitching performances and these wins build some character.”
Alpena sweeps Ogemaw Heights
WEST BRANCH–The Alpena JV baseball team topped Ogemaw Heights in a twinbill on Wednesday, winning 14-4 and 16-7.
Alpena (16-1) took control in the opener after scoring 12 runs through the first two innings.
Noah Marquardt and Kam Potter combined for the win on the mound. At the plate, Marquardt was 2-for-3, Keegan Hahn was 3-for-3 and Matt Thompson doubled.
Alpena trailed 3-0 after one inning in the nightcap, but scored eight runs to take the lead for good. Ogemaw battled back to make it 8-6, but Alpena pulled away with six runs in the fourth inning.
Potter, Ashton Perrin and Logan Momrik split time on the mound for Alpena.
At the plate, Thompson was 2-for-4; Hahn was 3-for-4 with a double; Travis Weide was 3-for-5; Lucker Tucker had a double and Ben Nowak was 3-for-3.
Alpena hosts Traverse City Central on Tuesday.