All-around effort propels Pine River to sweep of Evart

LEROY — Pine River had control of Friday’s baseball doubleheader action against Evart, winning a pair of six-inning Highland Conference games.

The Bucks won 10-0 in the opener, which ended on the mercy rule and 8-0 in the nightcap which was called because of darkness.

Nick Warner took the win in the opener, going six innings and striking out 11 while allowing four hits and three walks.

Skyler Nelson, Ryan Rasmussen, Devin Ruppert and Isaac Wilkins had hits and RBIs for the Bucks. Kyle Brock also added a hit.

Lincoln Erickson went the distance for the Bucks in the second game, throwing a shutout and allowing three hits and no walks. Warner had two doubles while Anthony Hilkowski, Garrett Long, Zane Kanouse and Devin Ruppert had hits and RBIs.

Erickson said the curveball was working for him.

“I’m doing pretty good, the team’s doing pretty good,” Erickson said. “We lost some tough games against Beal City. That made us stronger as a team.”

“I thought the second game we executed well offensively,” said Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert. “We had some good at bats to move the runners.

“Lincoln pitched a good game tonight. Nick was a little off but still pitched a good game. Lincoln was sharp tonight.”

“I could do better,” Erickson said, adding that he wanted to cut down in walks.

Pine River is 15-4 overall and 6-2 in the Highland Conference.

“We want to get ready for districts,” Erickson said.


Evart’s Chelsea Kruse delivered an infield hit for the winning run to lead the Wildcats past Pine River 3-2 in a nine-inning second game Friday.

Pine River won the first game 6-0 in the Highland Conference softball doubleheader.

Pine River fell to 19-9 overall and 5-3 in the league.

Nelson went the distance in the first game, allowing six walks and three strikes. Chelsea Nelson had two hits while Tiffany Waldfogel added a hit and two RBIs.

In the second game, Jamie Justin went six innings allowing two runs on six hits. Miranda Nelson went the final thee and took the loss.

Nixon had four hits. She also made a catch at the fence in the seventh that kept Pine River in the game at that point. Chelsea and Miranda Nelson had two hits apiece.