Bucks baseball ends summer season

LEROY — The summer baseball season has ended for Pine River players, most of whom will now focus on the upcoming football season.

But Pine River baseball skipper Shawn Ruppert, who also handled the summer program along with Steve Nelson, was happy with the performance of his June and July team.

“I was real happy with the guys,” Ruppert said. “We actually started hitting the ball really well. So I think it was a productive summer for us. I knew we would have decent pitching. But hitting is something we needed to work on.”

The Bucks ended their season recently at Manton and enjoyed a 16-2 and 19-6 sweep.

In the first game, Devin Ruppert went all five innings, not allowing any earned runs. Mitch McDonald added a couple of hits. Zane Kanouse had two hits including a double.

Garrett Long belted a 3-run homer run in the second game.

Pine River used four different pitchers the second game. Derrick Waldfogel belted a double to the fence.

“We got some swings in,” Shawn Ruppert said. “We happened to see some decent pitching. A lot of the teams we played this summer were like all-star teams. It worked well for us because we got to see teams with mixed kids from different schools. It helped us see better pitching.”

Most of the players on the Pine River summer squad are likely to be on the 2012 spring team roster, Ruppert acknowledged.

Skyler Nelson, who also had busy summer with football and basketball, saw extensive time with the summer team.

“Our competition was better than I thought it would be,” he said, adding that newer players coming up to the varsity next season were able to get exposed to faster pitching over the summer. “We’ll have a young team next year.”