Bucks drop pair to Reed City

LEROY — Pine River fell to Reed City 13-2 and 14-4 in a pair of five-inning softball games on Friday to resume the season following spring break.

Reed City scored three runs in the first inning of the opener, four in the second, two in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Pine River had four hits with singles for Taylor Hill and Alexis Bennett and doubles for Bekah Dean and Hill. Pine River scored two runs in the fourth.

Kourtney Brock and Dean went two innings for the Bucks and allowed a combined eight hits and 11 walks while striking out four.

In the second game, Pine River had one run in the first, one in the second and two in the fifth. Reed City only had five hits, but scored six runs in the fourth. Brock had two hits for the Bucks, while KayLee Goodman, Hannah Hill and Taylor Hill had one hit. Brock and Dean pitched two innings and allowed eight hits and 11 walks.

"It was great to get outside and get a couple games in. It is clearly early in the season for us, but Reed City definitely came to play ball,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said.

"Our bats livened up in the second game quite a bit and we had some bright spots for us to focus on."

Bennett is among the many pitchers for the Bucks. Brock also is back as a pitcher. Senior Hannah Hill is a returning infielder. Dean is at third base this year. Goodman is at shortstop.

Also back is junior outfielder Taylor Hill. Junior Emily Treiiber is the catcher. Junior Alexis Beebe is at second base.

"It's always a goal of ours to win the Highland Conference," Mumby said. "That's something that's doable for us. McBain and Beal City are always strong. Marion is up and coming.

"We're really coming around with our pitching. We have a couple of kids that have put in some big time over the winter and are really coming along. They're the core of our hitting and have some experience. We have younger kids who are eager and are fine-tuning their skills. They have some strong bats."

The Bucks were able to put in some quality preseason practice time, Mumby indicated.

"If we can score more runs than anyone else, we're definitely going to win," Mumby said. "We take that time inside to get some good swings, too."

Pine River (1-3) is at Gladwin on Thursday.