CADILLAC – Despite playing two of their more competitive games in Big North games this season on Tuesday, it’s going to be another night to forget all about and move past for the Petoskey softball team.
The Norwegians visited Cadillac for a BNC double header and took a couple of heartbreaking losses against the Vikings, with leaders lost late in both and an extra lap loss in the opening.
Petoskey dropped a 6-5 opener in 11 innings against the Vikings, then held a 2-0 lead over to the bottom of the sixth in game two, before Cadillac scored four runs at the bottom of the sixth to pull out with a 4 2 victory.
The losses dropped Petoskey to a total of 4-17 this season and 0-8 in the Big North this season.
Match one came with highs and lows for the Norwegians through the 11 rounds, with every score that Petoskey had answered by the Vikings.
A 4-4 draw through nine innings Petoskey took the lead at the top of the 10th when Katelyn Wodek scored on an error to give the Norwegians a 5-4 advantage.
Cadillac came back with a field pick at the bottom of the tenth to tie the game again, so after a three-up, three-down inning by Petoskey, the Vikings went off with an error with two outs on the board.
Kenzie Bromley finished with a double, single and two RBIs, Wodek went 2-for-4 with two goals, Brooke Bixby had an RBI single and Aubrey Williams and Raija Gross each. Hope Hopkins also had an RBI.
Hopkins went the distance in the circle, throwing 10 and two-thirds of the rounds with 15 strikes, while allowing seven hits and four rounds. Only one of the races came deservedly, as the Norwegians had eight errors in the game.
In game two, after plating in both the fourth and sixth innings, Petoskey then gave a run on an error to make it a 2-1 game. The Vikings then put a run on a wild pitch, then followed a two-run home run in the same attack to make it 4-2.
Wodek singlet in the top of the seventh to start a two-out rally, although a patio later followed.
Bixby and Williams each played twice and drove in the race, Mallory Haley doubled and Wodek and Bromley each.
Hopkins made up for the loss with six innings, five strikes and five hits and one turn allowed.
Petoskey will still be welcome in Rogers City on Thursday, May 20, and meet Cheboygan at home on Friday to face a busy week.
Harbor Springs 11-20
GRAYLING – Harbor Springs baseball earned a pair of wins over Grayling in a conference meeting in Lake Michigan on Tuesday.
The Rams got the Bats to win both games, with 12 hits in the opening, which came as an 11-3 win, then another 17 hits in a 20-2 four-bet second game.
In game one, Grant Richardson went 2-for-4 with home runs and two RBIs, Cassidy Gudakunst finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Norm Cameron had a couple of singles and Derek Hebner and Garrett Ledingham each had their own RBIs. double.
Wade Schlappi also added a double, Jude Proctor had an RBI single and Nate Foster also had a single.
Dennis Nixon started on the mound and went two rounds with four strikes, while Kaleb Warner came in and finished the last four rounds, with three strikes and only two hits allowed.
Hebner came through with a 4-for-4 match with three RBIs that included a double and home run, Gudakunst singlet, tripled and had home runs, while he added seven RBIs.
Richardson tripled and singled, while driving in the race, Ledingham was 2-for-4, Warner singled and ran in a pair, and Jude Proctor and Nixon each had their own RBI.
Richardson picked up the win after four innings, giving up just three innings, while hitting five.
The Rams improved to 11-4-1 overall this season.