Redettes claim district title

MARQUETTE – Sydney Cornock capped a four-run rally with a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh inning to give the Marquette Senior High School girls softball team a 5-4 win over visiting Alpena in an MHSAA Division 1 district tournament championship game Saturday.

Brooke Houle and Chelsea Wiggins hit RBI-singles in the frame and another run scored on a fielder’s choice by Autumn Isip.

MSHS will next play the Lapeer District winner at noon Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University in regional action. It’s Marquette’s first regional appearance since 2011.

“The girls just kept fighting and finally cracked through,” MSHS manager Paul Seibert said.

Wiggins, Courtney Finkbeiner and Cornock all had two hits apiece for the Redettes (28-6-2).

Wiggins got the mound win, allowing nine hits and four walks while striking out five.

Lauren Heath absorbed the loss, though teammate Jenna VanDussen went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

In a semifinal game, Marquette beat Traverse City Central, 6-1, with the help of a four-run seventh inning.

Wiggins scattered four hits while fanning 15.

Houle hit a two-run single and Isip a run-scoring double for the Redettes in the final frame.

Negaunee eliminated

At Negaunee Saturday, a 10-0 MHSAA Division 3 district tournament loss to visiting Gladstone in the championship game eliminated the Negaunee High School girls softball team from further postseason play.

Pitcher Jenna Steinhoff limited the Miners to just one hit – a single by Nicole Violetta – over six innings. She struck out three and walked one.

Adena Anderson was tagged with the mound loss. She allowed 10 hits and a walk while fanning five.

“It was a 1-0 game with two outs in the fifth inning and a wild pitch scored a run,” NHS manager Randy Carlson said. “That opened the flood gates and Adena just ran out of gas.”

Lexi Hongisto led the Braves offensively with a homer and a triple. She drove in two runs. Negaunee had advanced to the title game with a 1-0 triumph over Manistique in a district semifinal.

Anderson surrendered three hits and two walks while striking out eight.

“Nicole Carlson led off the sixth with a triple for us and Hailey Fezatt drove her in with a groundout,” Randy Carlson said.

Allie Nagy went 2-for-3 for the Emeralds.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251, or via email at