MHSAA softball: Marquette, Negaunee fall in district finals

ALPENA – After watching ace Morgan Seibert strike out 14 batters in an MHSAA Division 1 district semifinal earlier in the day, the Marquette Senior High School softball team got a taste of its own medicine in the district championship.

Alpena’s Alex Peters fanned 15 Redettes on her home field, then scored the winning run for a 3-2 victory over MSHS in nine innings.

Peters walked five Redettes, gave up six hits and two runs in nine innings, but her biggest contribution may have been the two-out double she recorded at the plate in the top of the ninth inning. She was then driven in by Brennea Bourdage’s RBI single.

“It was kind of one of those games where the team that came up with the big hit at the right time won,” MSHS coach Paul Seibert said. “Alpena had the two best hitters and they came through in the clutch.

“I feel bad for the team. They worked so hard and came up just a bit short.”

Morgan Seibert pitched eight innings against Alpena, giving up three walks, six hits and two runs. She struck out five batters and was handed the loss.

Marquette, which got its two runs in the fifth of a single by Morgan Seibert, stranded seven runners in scoring position while Alpena plated runs in the fourth, sixth and ninth.

Angela Brown was 3 for 4 for Marquette in the district final with a double and Courtney LaFreniere was 2 for 4 with a walk, run scored and stolen base.

In the district semifinal earlier in the day in Alpena, Marquette topped Traverse City West, 3-0, behind the 14 Ks of Morgan Seibert. She only allowed one walk and one hit in seven innings.

Marquette only had three hits in the game from LaFreniere, Amber Beaudry and Senja Liimatta, who had an RBI double in the fifth to put MSHS up 1-0.

MSHS, which finished the season 19-12, scored two more runs in the sixth inning against TC West.

Division 3

GLADSTONE – Negaunee fell 4-0 at Gladstone in an MHSAA Division 3 district final on Saturday.

Rosalie Anderson took the loss on the mound, giving up four runs off eight hits and three walks. She struck out two.

Ashley Anderson, Amanda Washnock and Rachel Ring had hits for Negaunee while Nicole Carlson drew two walks.

“I thought we played a really great game,” said Miners coach John Anderson. “Gladstone has a great team, and any time we can keep it within one swing of the bat, I’m pretty happy.”

The Miners topped Houghton 1-0 earlier in the day in the semifinals thanks to a one-hitter by pitcher Adena Anderson. The NHS starter struck out 14 Gremlins and gave up five walks.

Nicole Richer led the Miners at the plate in the semifinal, going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Ashley Anderson, Carlson and Rosalie Anderson also had a hit.

“I just have such a great group of kids who are willing to work hard every day,” NHS coach John Anderson said.

The Miners finished the year 19-12 overall and lose only one senior – Ashley Anderson – heading into next season.