Bucks endure successful week
LEROY — Pine River’s baseball team won’t be taking this Saturday off when the Bucks play at Big Rapids in non-league action.
“I thought we did really well, we played some pretty good teams,” said coach Shawn Ruppert, reflecting on his team’s play from last week. “Gladwin was ranked. That doesn’t mean much this time of year but they’re a decent team. We split with them. Traverse City West is a good team. We saw a good pitcher and out-hit them. I was pretty happy the way we played overall. The young guys are starting to grow up. We’re starting to play better.
“Devin (Ruppert) pitched a great game on Thursday (against Reed City) and pitched a great game on Saturday.”
Pine River lost to Traverse City West at Chippewa Hills on Saturday 1-0. The Titans scored the game’s sonly run in the first inning. Erickson took the loss. And fanned 12 batters while scattering two hits. He and Ruppert both had doubles. Skyler Nelson also had a hit.
In a second tourney on Saturday, the Bucks tied Belding 6-6 on a time-limited game. Brandon Hoaglund and Derrick Waldfogel had three hits apiece while Ruppert collected two. Hoaglund and Ruppert both had two RBI.
“I don’t know too much about Big Rapids,” Ruppert said looking ahead to this week. “We’ve scrimmaged them a little bit.”
Pine River is 4-6-1 overall. His team’s hitting is improving, Ruppert indicated.
“We scored eight runs against Reed City in only six innings so that’s not too bad, “ Ruppert said. “It’s starting to come around. Some of the younger guys are getting better swings now.”
Pine River defeated Reed City last Thursday and on Saturday competed in the Chippewa Hills Invitational.
At Chippewa Hills, the Bucks lost 12-0 to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart and trailed Manton 6-1 before coming back to take a 7-6 win. Jandney Mattson’s triple produced two runs in the bottom of the seventh against Manton. Justin followed with a groundout and Mattson scored the winning run.
“We had some really great things happen last week,” said Bucks coach Laura Mumby. “We got aggressive with our bats. We had some stumbles defensively here and there. We’re getting on the right track, for sure.”
The Bucks play at Frankenmuth on Saturday.