PREP ROUNDUP: Hillman falls in extras; Posen, Onaway win big

HILLMAN–The Hillman softball team played a tough game against Tawas on Thursday, but ultimately fell to the Braves 9-3 in eight innings.

The game was tied 2-2 through six innings and the Braves prevailed after two extra innings.

Bailey Schook took the loss for Hillman, but ended the game with 13 strikeouts and was 3-for-4 at the plate.

Alison Samp and Brooke Jones each went 2-for-3 for Hillman and Ellie Crawford and Mackenzie VanPamel each had a hit.

“The girls played a great game. Many girls put the ball in play and defensively we were solid,” Hillman coach Ken Rundell said. “We had opportunities to win, but had a few bad breaks.”

Hillman hosts Rudyard on Friday.

Onaway wins two more SVC games

ONAWAY–The Onaway softball team kept is perfect conference record intact on Thursday, topping Mancelona 14-0 and 11-5 in a Ski Valley Conference doubleheader.

Calley Selke earned the win for Onaway (10-1, 6-0 SVC) in the opener, walking one while fanning 12.

At the plate, Kayla Metty was 3-for-3 with home runs in consecutive at-bats, a double, six RBI and three runs scored; Kennedy Crawford was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored; Kyli Brewbaker was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored; Taylor Larson was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run and Jackie Sellkie was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Crawford earned the win in the nightcap, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits with six strikeouts.

Metty was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored; Crawford was 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and three runs; Selke was 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored; Jillian Chaskey was 1-for-3 with two runs scored; Brittany Buczkowski was 1-for-4 with an RBI; Jordan Larson was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Breya Domke was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Posen takes 2 from Alcona

ROGERS CITY–The Posen softball team scored early and often on the way to a sweep of Alcona on Thursday, 14-3 and 16-9.

The games were played in Rogers City due to unplayable field conditions in Posen.

In the opener, Posen got the job done in five innings, scoring four runs in the first inning before adding one in the second inning, four in third and five in the fourth.

Lizzy Romel had four hits, including two doubles and four RBI for Posen; Brooke Ciarkowski had three hits and three RBI; Riley Krajniak had two hits and two RBI and Hannah Stone and Faith Cousins each had two hits.

Posen outslugged Alcona in the nightcap, scoring 11 runs between the fifth and sixth innings to finally pull away from the Tigers.

Ciarkowski had three hits and scored four runs for Posen; Stone had two hits and two RBI and Cousins had two hits and an RBI. Makayla Kamyszek had a home run and five RBI.

Rogers City routs Mio

ROGERS CITY–The Rogers City softball team made quick work of Mio on Thursday, beating the Thunderbolts 10-0 (five innings) and 15-0 (three innings).

Kyley LaFleche earned the win for the Hurons (8-3, 4-0 North Star League) in the opener, allowing one hit and striking out eight.

Taylor Fleming had a double and a triple for the Hurons; Amanda Wirgau had a double and Jeffra Dittmar, Alissa Bowden and Reagan Comerford each had a hit.

MacKenzie Bruning earned the win for the Hurons in the nightcap, allowing one hit and striking out three.

LaFleche had two hits, Wirgau and Dittmar each had a double and two hits and Fleming and Sydney Paull each had a hit.

Rogers City will play Unionville-Sebaewing and Coleman in a three-team round robin in Coleman on Saturday.


Posen, Alcona split twinbill

POSEN–The Posen and Alcona baseball teams split a North Star League doubleheader on Thursday in Posen. Alcona won the first game 5-2 and Posen triumphed in the nightcap 9-5.

Posen fell behind 4-0 after half an inning in the nightcap, but rallied for four runs in the home half of the inning and tacked on three more in the second to take a commanding lead.

Alcona took advantage of several errors to plate four runs in the first inning, but Posen responded quickly. Jared Kamyszek had an RBI groundout and Posen scored three more runs after a wild pitch and an error.

Posen took the lead for good in the second inning. Jared Sharpe singled home Jory Zdybel for the go-ahead run and Mark Wisniewski later scored Lucas Stone on a groundout. Posen added another run when Sharpe scored on a wild pitch.

“This was the worst defense we have played all year,” Alcona coach Nathan Walker said. “Posen put the ball in play and we threw it around. We still have some work to do.”

Sharpe had three hits and Zdybel and Stone each two hits each.

Kamyszek earned the win for Posen, allowing four runs (one earned) on four this with eight strikeouts and a walk.

Jon Surgener took the loss for Alcona, allowing eight runs on four hits.

The Tigers got out to a 4-0 lead in the opener and held off Posen for the win.

Zac Stephenson had two hits for Alcona.

Posen was limited to three hits for the game.

Alcona scored a run in the first inning when Jacob Sytek singled to score Josh Kilbourn. The Tigers added two more in the third inning when Stephenson had an RBI double and Surgener singled to add another run.

Alcona added one run in each in the fourth and fifth innings.

Kilbourn took the win for Alcona. He allowed 5 hits and two runs over 6 innings striking out 10.

Stephenson led the way for Alcona at the plate going 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.

“It was nice to see Josh hitting his spots finally. When he throws strikes he’s pretty good,” Walker said.

George Kroll and Chase Dubie each had an RBI single for Posen.


Alpena 13, Tawas 1

(5 inn.)

TAWAS–Noah Marquardt pitched a complete game and the Alpena JV baseball team collected 14 hits on the way to a 13-1 win over Tawas in five innings on Thursday.

Marquardt walked three, struck out nine and allowed five hits in the win. At the plate he was 2-for-3.

Alpena scored one run in each of the first two innings, added four in the third inning and broke the game open further with seven more runs in the fourth inning.

Victor Chen was 2-for-3 for Alpena and Matt Thompson was 2-for-4 with a double; Ashton Perrin was 3-for-4; Alex Cadarette was 2-for-4 and Ryan Lee was 2-for-4 with a double.

Alpena improves to 12-1 on the season and is 4-0 in Big North Conference play. The Wildcats will play at Traverse City West on Tuesday.