WEST BRANCH-The Alpena softball team earned a pair of comeback wins over Ogemaw Heights on Tuesday, winning 6-5 in both games of a Big North doubleheader.
Alex Peters earned the win for the Wildcats (4-4, 3-0 BN) in the opener, striking out seven in seven innings.
Alpena scored four runs in the fourth inning after Jenna VanDusen had a two-run double and Shannon Kapala added an RBI single to score her.
Alpena’s Jenna VanDusen had a two-run double and scored two crucial runs for the Wildcats during the first of two 6-5 wins over Ogemaw Heights on Tuesday.
Ogemaw took the lead with a five-run fifth inning.
Alpena scored a run in the sixth inning after Kapala had an RBI groundout to score VanDusen, who had tripled.
Brenna Bourdage had the game winning RBI in the top of the seventh inning, scoring Logan Myers on a single.
Bourdage had two hits for Alpena.
Corinn Gehrke and Peters combined for the win in the second game, combining for eight strikeouts and five runs allowed.
Bourdage had two hits including a solo home run in the first inning. Elise Leeck also had two hits. Alpena collected 10 hits for the game.
With the score tied at five in the sixth inning, Desiree Robertson reached base an error and was later driven home with a pinch-hit RBI single from Kara Gehrke.
Alpena hosts Petoskey on Thursday.
Alpena JV 11-20,
The Alpena JV softball team improved to 4-0 with a pair of wins over Ogemaw Heights on Tuesday, winning 11-4 and 20-6.
Mykayla Price earned the win for Alpena in the opener, allowing one walk, two hits and striking out six. Olivia Cordes and Allison Heise each had a hit.
Lauren Heath earned the win for Alpena in the nightcap, allowing three hits, four walks and fanned seven.
Kelsey Udell was 2-for-5 and Price was 3-for-5 and collected a home run and a triple among her hits.
Inland Lakes 1-9
INDIAN RIVER-The Hillman softball team split a pair of games with Indian River on Tuesday, winning the opener 20-1 in five innings and losing the second game 9-5.
Jensen Tchorzynski earned the win for Hillman (9-3) in the opener, striking out eight. She was also 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
At the plate, Alissa Jones added a double and a single for Hillman; Kalen Tchorzynski had two doubles and a pair of RBIs; Courtney Sauer had a three-run home run; Morgan Hardies had two hits and two RBIs; and Kourtney Boldrey and Taylor Crawford each had a hit.
Kalen pitched for Hillman in the nightcap.
Hillman hosts Mio on Thursday.
WEST BRANCH-The Alpena baseball team took a pair of games from Ogemaw Heights on Tuesday, winning 7-4 and 3-2.
Alpena trailed 4-3 in the seventh inning of the opener, but rallied with four runs after a bases-loaded two-run double from Brady Marwede and a two-run single from Dylan Glennie two batters later.
Glennie had three hits and Mitch Skiba and Marwede each had two hits.
Alpena scored one run in the first inning and added two more in the next inning on a two-run home run from Skiba.
Cody Tucker threw six innings for Alpena, allowing five hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Andy Marwede came on in relief and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Skiba threw a complete game in the nightcap, allowing three hits and six walks with four strikeouts.
Alpena held an early 1-0 lead before Ogemaw scored two runs in the third inning. Alpena tied the game in the third inning and got the win after a game-winning single from Skiba scored Atkinson in the sixth inning.
Atkinson led Alpena at the plate going 3-for-3.
Alpena hosts Petoskey on Thursday.
Alpena JV 12-14, Ogemaw 2-0
Three pitchers combined for a no-hitter and the Alpena JV baseball team improved to 6-0 with a pair of wins over Ogemaw Heights at home on Tuesday.
In the nightcap, Joe Ayala, Ryan Cadarette and Brad Styma combined to throw a no-hitter in a 14-0 win in five innings. The trio struck out 10.
Offensively, eight Alpena batters collected hits. Braeden Worth was 2-for-2 and Gavin McDonald was 2-for-2 with four RBIs.
In the opener, Chris Modrzynski and Caleb Myers combined for the win, fanning 10 and allowing three hits.
Worth was 2-for-2, Cadarette was 2-for-3 with a double and Brody Nowak was 2-for-2.
Alpena plays at Petoskey on Thursday.
Sault 4, Alpena 1
SAULT STE. MARIE-A day after a solid effort against Petoskey, the Alpena girls soccer team couldn't quite match its energy from the previous night and lost 4-1 to Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday.
Sault scored in the first two minutes of the contest on a penalty kick and added two more first-half goals.
Ellie Siegert had Alpena's only goal five minutes into the second half with an assist from Alex Przewozniak.
"It was a lackluster effort," Alpena coach Tim Storch said. "I'm a little flabbergasted how we can play so well one night and play so lackluster the next."
Alpena is 3-8 overall and plays at Ogemaw on Thursday.
TRACK AND FIELD
Fairview boys win home invite; Posen girls take third
FAIRVIEW-The Fairview boys track team won its home invitational on Tuesday, finishing with 126 1/2 points. Au Gres was second with 106 1/2 points and Bellaire was third with 77 1/2 points.
Other local scores included: Alcona (4th place, 75 points); Onaway (6th, 51 1/2); Mio (7th, 43); Posen (9th, 25); Hillman (10th, 23) and Rogers City (12th, 18).
David Haskin had two firsts for Fairview topping the field in the 3200 run (10:17.88) and the 1600 run (4:41.49)
Kasson Willobee won the pole vault for the Eagles (11-0) and Fairview also won the 3200 relay with the team of Haskin, Hudson Szubelak, Harold Cummings and Tony Oaks (9:18.73).
Johannesburg-Lewiston won the girls meet, finishing with 149 points. Bellaire was second (116) and Posen took third (114).
Other local scores were: Rogers City (4th, 62 1/2); Alcona (5th, 57); Fairview (6th, 43); Hillman (8th, 27); Onaway (9th, 25) and Mio (10th, 24 1/2).
Korynn Hincka led Posen with three firsts, winning the 800 run (2:37.30), high jump (5-2) and 1600 run (5:54.93).
Kristina Wisniewski took first for Posen in the shot put (30-6) and she also took third in the discus (75-5).
Megan Quick won the 400 dash for Alcona (1:02.52) and Alcona also won the 400 relay with the team of Quick, Nicole Smith, Karina Cole and Miranda Schalk (56.21).
Full results from the meet will run in Thursday's paper.
Thunder Bay beats Cheboygan 90-47
The Thunder Bay Junior High track team topped Cheboygan at home on Monday, 90-47, taking first place in 15 events.
Taking first place for Thunder Bay were: Mitchell Day in the 3200 run (11:01) and 800 run (2:22.5). Day set a new school record last Thursday against Petoskey and was only one second slower on Monday.
Other first-place finishes went to: Spencer Kraft in the 55 hurdles (10.3); Isaac Cross in the 1,600 run (5:31.9); Alex Arch in the 400 (62.4) and high jump (4-10); Evan LeTourneau in the 70 dash (9.6); Alec LeTourneau in the 200 dash and pole vault (9-6); Kelton Schueter in the 200 hurdles (34.06) and long jump (14-7); Trevor Roznowski in the shot put (38-1 3/4).
First-place relay finishes went to: the 800 relay of Arch, Mike Clark, Evan LeTourneau and Bennett Speaks (1:51.8); the 3200 relay team of Cross, Day, Hunter Tolsdorf and Dallin Toth (10:52) and the 400 relay team of Clark, Evan LeTourneau, Alec LeTourneau and Jacob Vought (54.5).
Second-place finishes went to: Cross in the 3200 run (11:10); Tolsdorf in the 800 run (2:36.5) and Jake Lanier in the 100 dash (13.9).
Third-place finishes went to: Tommy Hein in the 55 hurdles (11.4); Clark in the 70 dash (9.9); Kraft in the 200 hurdles (35.5); Chris Szatkowski in the shot put (32-1/4); Schlueter in the high jump (4-8) and Vought in the long jump (13-10).
Thunder Bay will compete in Cheboygan today.