GRAND BLANC-The Alpena softball team went 3-2 in two days of competition at the Michigan Stars Tournament in Grand Blanc.
On Saturday, the Wildcats got off to a fast start, topping Warren Cousino 11-2 and Ortonville-Brandon 8-4.
Corinn Gehrke and Alex Peters each earned in a win for Alpena and in both games the Wildcats collected 11 hits.
The Wildcats ended play Saturday with a 7-4 loss to Eaton Rapids.
On Sunday, Alpena lost its first game to Macomb Dakota 5-2 but rebounded to win its final game over Garden City 6-0.
Kara Gehrke earned the win for Alpena.
Logan Myers was Alpena's big hitter for the weekend, going 9-for-15 with two home runs.
"All of our competition was strong and we were happy to come out 3-2," Alpena coach Paul Marwede said.
Alpena is 9-6 overall and 5-0 in the Big North Conference. The Wildcats will play at Gaylord on Tuesday.
The Alpena JV softball team won the Howell Tournament on Saturday, besting South Lyon in the final, 16-0 in four innings.
Alpena broke the game open in the four inning, scoring 11 runs and everybody on the team had at least one hit for the game.
Mykayla Price earned the win for Alpena (11-0), throwing a one-hit shutout while walking two and fanning four. She was also 3-for-4 at the plate.
Alexis Smith was 4-for-4 for the Wildcats and Rhea Niergarth was 3-for-4.
Alpena topped Brighton in its first game 12-9. Price earned the win, allowing five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Kelsey Udell was 3-for-5 with a double and Jennifer Mainville was 3-for-4 with a double.
In their second game, the Wildcats defeated Howell 7-2. Lauren Heath took the win, walking none, allowing three hits and striking out five.
Olivia Cordes was 3-for-4 with a double and Madison Amlotte and Jordan Modrzynski each had two hits.
Alpena JV will host Gaylord on Tuesday.
Rogers City finishes second in Birch Run
BIRCH RUN-The Rogers City softball team took runner-up at the Birch Run Tournament on Saturday, losing to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the finals, 4-2.
Nikki Radke took the loss for the Hurons (8-3), allowing two runs and three hits with one strikeout in one inning. Alexa Quaine allowed two runs on six hits in relief.
Offensively, Rogers City had nine hits with Sarah Meredith, Rebecca Meredith and Quaine each getting two. Logan Fleming, Brooklyn Idalski and Morgan Hall each had one hit and Fleming had an RBI.
The Hurons opened the tournament against Onaway and won 3-2. Radke earned the win, allowing four hits and a walk in four innings with one strikeout. Idalski came on in relief and allowing two runs on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Rogers City scored a run in the first inning on an RBI hit by Rebecca to score Fleming. The Hurons added a run in the third inning on an RBI double from Rebecca to score Sarah and a run in the fifth after an RBI hit from Quaine.
Onaway (5-5) scored twice in the seventh inning on RBIs from Devin Bristley and Erika Price and had runners on the corners with one out. Idalski however, induced two bounce outs to end the game.
Rebecca was 2-for-2 with two RBIs; Quaine had two hits and Sarah, Cassie Brege, Hall, Fleming and Courtney Streich each had a hit.
Emily Estep took the loss for Onaway, allowing three walks and eight hits with one strikeout. She was also 2-for-4 at the plate.
Temara Lupu was 1-for-4, Lindsay LaLonde was 1-for-3 with a double; Morganne Badgero had a double and Devin Bristley had an RBI double.
The Hurons defeated Frankenmuth in their second game 4-2. Radke pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Offensively, Rogers City had eight hits. Sarah had two including a double; Quaine had two; Fleming had two RBIs; Nikkie LaLonde doubled; Brege had an RBI and Hall had a hit.
Frankenmuth topped Onaway in the first game of the day, 5-2. Estep took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits with three walks.
Lexi Szymoniak had the big hit for the Cardinals, hitting a two-run home run. Megan Estep was 1-for-3; Sam Brasseur was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and LaLonde was 1-for-3.
Rogers City plays at Rudyard on Tuesday. Onaway hosts Posen on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
RC goes 1-1 in Birch Run
BIRCH RUN-The Rogers City baseball team went 1-1 at the Birch Run Invitational on Saturday.
In the first game, Rogers City fell to Birch Run 7-5. Rogers City fell just short of a dramatic comeback after scoring four runs in the top of the seventh.
Quintin Kelly was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a double. Colton Fessler also contributed an RBI double.
Alex Andrzejewski took the loss on the mound going five innings, allowing six runs on six hits.
The Hurons rebounded to win their second game 10-8 over Suttons Bay. Rogers City jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first keyed by a two-run double from Casey Szatkowski. The Hurons would increase the lead to 9-0 in the fifth before shutting down a Suttons Bay rally in the seventh.
Paul Wilbert was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Colton Fessler was 2-for-4 and Kelly was 2-for-5.
Kelly went 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win allowing two runs on three hits while striking out five.
Rogers City is 4-4 and will begin conference play on Tuesday at Rudyard.
TRACK AND FIELD
Alpena boys finish 8th at BCW Invite
BAY CITY-The Alpena boys track team took eighth place out of 15 teams at the Bay City Western Invitational on Friday.
Alpena finished with 30 points and tied with Holly. Bay City Western won the meet and was followed by Frankenmuth and Clarkston.
Evan Frank won the pole vault for Alpena with a finish of 13-6.
Also placing for Alpena were: Ashton Dever in the 100 dash (7th, 12.2); Drew Shields in the 400 dash (3rd, 51.47); Ethan Crowell in the 3200 run (8th, 10:07); the 400 relay team of Dever, Kaleb Smith, Aaron Keyes and Bret LeTourneau (4th, 45.36); the 800 relay team of Smith, LeTourneau, Shields and Brendan Cordes (1:34.79); the 1600 relay team of LeTourneau, Shields, Smith and Dever (8th, 3:34.55); the 3200 relay team of Crowell, Clay Jacobs, Jacob Benson and Elisha Martin (8:30.41) and JD Niergarth in the high jump (2nd, 5-8).
The Alpena girls track team finished fifth out 15 teams at the invite with 40 points. Grandville won with 107 points, Frankenmuth was second (56 1/2) and Midland Dow was third (47 1/2).
Emily Duncan placed in three events for Alpena: the 100 dash (5th, 13.81), the 200 dash (5th, 27.95) and the 400 dash (3rd, 1:01) and was also part of the third-place 1600 relay team with Kelsey Lewis, Christina Kollien and Taylor Genschaw (4:16.3).
Kollien took third in the 100 hurdles (16.18) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (48.95).
Lewis was fourth in the 800 run (2:25.1) and was also part of the third-place 3200 relay team with Amanda Dort, Racheal McDonald and Elaine Lowe (10:01.1)
Other placers for Alpena were: Lowe in the 1600 (6th, 5:37.6) and 3200 (11:47.3); Genschaw in the long jump (5th, 15-8 1/2); Emily Ferguson in the discus (3rd, 111-0) and Sarah Swider in the high jump (5th, 4-10).