LEROY — Pine River coach Mike Nelson likes the progress his softball team has been making.

The Bucks swept Bellaire 9-3 and 11-4 in nonleague action on Wednesday. May 16..

Mackenzie Denton was the winning pitcher in the first game. KayLee Goodman and Maddie Martin were leading hitters.

In the second game, Goodman had a two-run homer and another hit. Erica Treiber had two hits.

Emma Whitley was the winning pitcher, striking out four and allowing four hits

“We continue to improve and get better,” Nelson said.

Whitley has been a steady pitcher for the Bucks (7-11) this season as only a freshman. She had some key hits on offense in the second game and also kept Bellaire in check in the later stages of the game.

“Her strengths include good work ethic and hitting,” Nelson said.

But Whitley said he has gained in confidence with her hitting and is hoping the Bucks will be playing their best softball in upcoming weeks. Pine River is hosting the districts and plays in a predistrict game on May 29.

Pine River also played a league twinbill at Beal City on Tuesday, May 15. and lost 7-1 and 12-0.

“You have to remember Beal City has only lost one game so far,” Nelson said.

Denton was the losing pitcher in the first game, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out two. Bekah Dean and Taylor Hill had two hits apiece.

Hill and Whitley had the only hits in the 12-0 loss to Beal City. Whitley was the losing pitcher.