ALPENA - Playing outside for the first time this season, the Marquette Senior High School girls softball team made the most of the opportunity Friday.
Manager Paul Seibert's Redettes improved to 5-2 on the season with 4-3 and 11-4 victories over the host Alpena Wildcats.
In the first contest, MSHS rallied from a 3-0 fourth inning deficit. Courtney LaFreniere and Karlee Huuki both had a hit, scored a run and knocked in a run for the winners.
Hurler Senja Liimatta started for the Redettes, then gave way to Morgan Seibert, who picked up the win. In three scoreless innings, Seibert allowed two hits and two walks while striking out three.
"We showed some resolve," Paul Seibert said. "(Alpena) forced us into a couple of mistakes early, but we settled down and then kept the pressure on them."
In the second game, MSHS broke up a 3-3 game with two runs in the fifth inning and six in the seventh to win going way.
Courtney Finkbeiner went 4-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs to pace the Redettes.
Teammates Hannah Johnson and Morgan Seibert added two hits and three RBI apiece, while Amber Beaudry chipped in a hit and plated three runs.
Seibert, again in relief of Liimatta, got the mound win. In 4.1 innings, Seibert gave up two hits - one a solo homer by Alex Peters - and two walks while fanning three.
At Manistique Friday, untimely errors marred the host Emeralds' home softball opener. Negaunee swept the doubleheader, 11-3 and 10-6.
The Miners took a 10-0 lead in the opener, but Manistique avoided the mercy-rule ending by scoring in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Ally Nagy went 1-3 with a triple, Kelsey Gonyea was 1-2 and Amanda Siminski was 2-2 at the plate.
For Negaunee, Taylor Ring went 3-for-3, scored three runs and knocked in two; Jessa Johnson went 3-for-4 and scored three runs; and Rosalie Anderson recorded two hits and plated two markers.
She took the mound triumph, going the distance and allowing five hits and two walks while striking out 12.
Negaunee (3-2) posted nine hits in the second game and the Emeralds had four more errors.
Amanda Washnock recorded three hits and came home twice; Rachel ring went 2-for-3 and scored twice; and Adena Anderson stroked two hits, scored twice and knocked in two runs.
She was the winning pitcher, allowing five runs, seven hits and two walks while fanning three in four innings of work.
Rosalie Anderson picked up a save.
Manistique (1-3-1) took a 2-1 lead early before the Miners stormed back, taking a 6-5 advantage in the fourth inning and then holding on the rest of the way.
Nagy was 2-for-4 with an RBI-double, Sydney Chartier was 2-for-4 and Gonyea was 2-for-2 for Manistique (1-3-).
Bri Richey took the loss for both games.
"For the first time on the field, we did well," Negaunee manager John Anderson said. "We have things to work on, but I was happy with the way Rosalie pitched.
"Jessa and Amanda both hit well, too."