Lady Owl hitters pound AE pitching en route to sweep
TWINING — The weather was frigid, but Oscoda's bats were hot Monday as the Owls opened their season with a 15-1, 15-9 sweep of Arenac Eastern.
The Owls wasted no time in jumping on top of the Eagles in the first game, rapping out five runs on four hits in the top of the first and adding to their lead from there.
"The game looked a lot like the Hillman game from last year," said AE coach Mike Vogl. "They hit the ball sharply and in the gaps — all day."
The Owls had seven doubles and three triples in the game.
Shawna Tacey took the loss from AE, gutting out the entire five innings. Seven of the 15 runs she allowed were unearned.
Danielle Jurek and Katrina Mahon had back-to-back doubles in the second inning for the Eagles' only run.
A five-run second inning gave the Owls a 5-1 lead in the second game, but this time, AE hung in there, climbing back to within 6-4 and scoring in every inning but the second.
Kaytlin Fitzgerald had four hits and scored three runs for AE, while Jolene Tacey, Chelsea Dery and Jamie Rowbottom each had two hits. Rowbottom had a double, triple and two RBIs; and Shawna Tacey drove in two runs.
Maddie Nelson took the loss, pitching into the fourth inning before Shawna Tacey finished up.
"We hit a lot of shots right to people," Vogl said. "If you look at the totals you can see there wasn't much difference...we just made more errors and had twice as many walks."
Oscoda (2-0) travels to Standish-Sterling on Thursday while AE (2-4) hosts Alcona.