Hillman baseball team splits tight twinbill with Owls

OSCODA — The Hillman baseball team played a pair of tight games in a doubleheader at Oscoda on Monday against the Owls.

Hillman earned a 1-0 win in game one behind a strong pitching performance from Kory Henigan and key baserunning from Nic Taratuta and Oscoda won the nightcap 2-1.

Henigan tossed a complete game in the opener, allowing just four hits, three walks and struck out five.

The lone Tiger run came from on an aggressive play from Taratuta who scored on a straight steal of home plate in the second inning.

Offensively, Nash Steinke, Gage Steinke, Brady Firman and Taratuta each had a hit in the win.

Taratuta started game two and pitched five innings, allowed two unearned runs, while scattering five hits and striking out three.

At the plate, Gage Steinke went 2-for-3, Cam Koenig singled, Jaden Dove walked and scored a run and Isaac Morrison walked three times and drove in Hillman’s only run.

Over the weekend, the Tigers finished second in the Val Kapture Memorial Tournament in Johannesburg-Lewiston on Saturday.

Hillman made quick work of Mancelona in game one, winning by a score of 18-3 in just three innings.

Morrison pitched all three innings, allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out three.

Morrison helped his own cause, blasting a solo home run and scoring three runs in the game. Gage Steinke was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, Henigan doubled, scored a run and drove in a pair, Taratuta singled and scored three runs, Fisher Linseman collected three RBI and Aden Sobeck had a hit, a run scored and drove in a pair of runs.

Hillman lost to Roscommon in the championship game, falling by a score of 15-7.

At the plate, Nash Steinke went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Koenig had a hit, an RBI and scored three runs, Henigan went 2-for-3, Linseman added a hit and an RBI and Firman doubled in the loss.

Alcona sweeps Hale

LINCOLN–The Alcona baseball team swept a North Star League doubleheader on Monday, beating Hale 7-2 and 10-5.

In the opener,

Alcona got things started in the first inning whenJon Surgener hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored.

Alcona tallied three runs in the third inning, thanks to an RBI single from Hunter White.

Josh Kilbourn earned the win for Alcona. He surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings, striking out two and walking one.

Zach Stephenson, Jakob Tanner, White, Kilbourn, and Zach Dettmer each managed one hit for Alcona.

“Another good outing by Josh, hopefully he keeps the momentum going,” Alcona coach Nathan Walker said. “We hit the ball pretty well too.”

A strong outing from Surgener and a fast offensive start propelled Alcona to a win in the nightcap.

Surgener went six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out nine.Alcona totaled eight hits. Kilbourn, Surgener, and Stephenson all had two hits to lead Alcona.

SOFTBALL

Alcona takes two

from Hale

LINCOLN–The Alcona softball team swept Hale on Monday, holding off the Tigers in game one and routing them in game two.

Alcona won 10-8 in the opener and 9-3 in the nightcap.

Alcona fell behind 2-0 after one inning in the opener, but responded with a seven-run second inning.

Alcona led 9-3 after four inning, but Hale rallied for five runs in the fifth inning to make it 9-8. Alcona added one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal the win.

Hailee Gordy had three hits and four RBI for Alcona.

Reagan Elller earned the win, pitching six innings for Alcona.

Alcona took charge in the second game, scoring four runs in the second inning before adding one in the third, three in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

Cassady Clemens had three hits for Alcona and Gordy and Elizabeth Henderson each had two RBIs.

Jenna Hahn earned the win for Alcona.