PREP ROUNDUP: Alcona baseball, Hillman softball teams win PreDistrict contests
ATLANTA — The Posen baseball team had its season ended on Tuesday as the Vikings fell in a PreDistrict game to Johannesburg-Lewiston 11-3 in Atlanta.
The Vikings opened the game with three runs in the home half of the first inning, but the game quickly changed as Joburg kept the Posen bats quiet the rest of the way and put up runs late.
Posen held a 3-1 lead after three innings, but the Cardinals scored five runs in the fourth to take a lead and then added four more runs in the sixth to break the game wide open.
Offensively, Lucas Stone led Posen going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Mark Wisniewski was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Jordy Zdybel was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Chase Dubie finished the game 2-for-3, George Kroll added a hit and Jared Sharpe had a hit, a walk and scored a run.
Posen finishes the season with an 11-12 record.
Joburg advances to Saturday’s district semifinal matchup against Rogers City.
MIO — The Alcona baseball team received a strong pitching performance from Jon Surgener as the Tigers earned a 4-1 victory over Hale in Tuesday’s PreDistrict baseball contest at Mio.
Surgener went five innings and struck out six batters and was relieved in the sixth by Josh Kilbourn.
With Alcona up three runs, Kilbourn came in and shut the door, earning the save and helping to keep Alcona’s season alive.
Hale’s lone run came in the top of the first inning, but Alcona responded with two runs in the home half of the first to take the lead.
The Tigers added a run in the third and the final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Hillman swept by Falcons
WEST BRANCH– The Hillman baseball team was swept in a doubleheader against Ogemaw Heights on Tuesday.
The Tigers dropped game one 5-1 and were shut out in game two 5-0.
Nash Steinke, GAge Steinke, Cam Koenig, Kory Henigan, Nic Taratuta and Brady Firman each had a hit apiece in the game on defeat. Henigan had an RBI and Koenig scored the lone run.
Hillman was held to just one hit in the nightcap as Fisher Linesman tallied the only hit.
Hillman will be back in action on Saturday when they play Atlanta in a district semifinal matchup in Atlanta.
ATLANTA — The Hillman softball team found a way to keep its season alive as the Tigers earned a walk off win in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Posen 7-6 in Tuesday’s PreDistrict contest in Atlanta.
Hillman held a 4-0 lead after two innings, but the Vikings responded by scored four runs of their own in the third inning to tie the game.
Posen took the lead with a run in the fourth, but the Tigers answered with a run of their own to tie the game back up at five.
Posen added a run in the fifth and Hillman tied the game in the bottom of the sixth to send the game to extra innings and the Tigers held Posen scored in the top of the seventh and scored the game-winning run in the home half of the seventh.
Bailey Schook pitched all seven innings for Hillman and earned the win as she struck out nine batters and allowed five earned runs on six hits.
Schook helped her own cause at the plate going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Brooke Jones, Makenna Grulke, Kylee Ventimiglia-Greene and Joslyn Brown each added two hits in the game. Ventimiglia-Greene had a pair of RBI and scored a run, Jones scored twice and added an RBI and Grulke had an RBI.
Posen was led by Brooke Ciarkowski who went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Makayla Kamyszek added a hit, scored a run and drove in a pair of runs.
Hillman advances to Saturday’s district semifinal matchup against Atlanta.
Alpena goes 2-0 at
Bay City Tourney
BAY CITY — The Alpena softball team traveled to Bay City for a tournament on Saturday and finished 2-0 in a weekend shortened due to rain.
In the two games that the Wildcats played, they provided plenty of power as they defeated Lakeland 7-4 in game one and topped Imlay City 14-3 in game two.
In game one, Emma Fraser pitched all seven innings to earn the win, scattering eight hits and striking out five batters.
Offensively, Fraser blasted two home runs and Jade Schultz added a home run of her own.
Both Fraser and Schultz hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning and Fraser’s second came on a solo shot in the fifth inning.
In game two, Fraser and Lilly Lewis each pitched three innings and Schultz pitched a clean seventh inning as the Wildcats rolled past Imlay City.
Alpena continued to hit the long ball and Fraser and Schultz each hit a home run and Corinne Donajkowski and Allie DeRocher also hit a home run apiece and DeRocher finished the game going 4-for-4 with a walk.
Alpena advanced to play the host, Bay City Central in the championship game, but the rain came and the title game was canceled in the top of second inning.
The Wildcats are 23-10 overall on the season and will wrap up regular season play Wednesday when they travel to Rogers City for a doubleheader against the Hurons.