Erickson tosses no-hitter in Pine River sweep

LEROY — Lincoln Erickson tossed a no-hitter and the Pine River Bucks closed the regular season at home on Thursday with a 3-0 and 4-3 doubleheader sweep over Farwell in non-league action.

The Bucks are 22-5 overall.

Erickson threw the no-hitter in the first game and struck out 11 batters. Kyle Brock and Isaac Wilkins had two hits apiece.

Nick Warner was the winning pitcher in the second game, scattering five hits and fanning eight batters. Offensively, he contributed two hits.

Derek Waldfogel had three hits while Skyler Nelson added a single and a double.

Pine River closed its Highland Conference baseball season at 12-2 with a 7-0 and 16-3 doubleheader sweep over McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday.

Devin Ruppert was the winning pitcher in the first game, going six innings and striking out seven while walking none. Anthony Hilkowski had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Derek Waldfogel added a doubleheader.

“I thought I pitched well,” Ruppert said. “I thought our defense did good behind me. That really helps. Our pitchers have been throwing very well this season and have won a lot of games for us.”

“NMC struggled a little bit tonight,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “Their pitchers didn’t throw well. I thought Devin pitched a good first game and we had some guys hit the ball.”

“I’ve been pitching pretty well,” Devin Ruppert said. “I use my offspeed and try to catch them off their toes so they don’t know what they’re going to get.”

In the second game, Kyle Brock went three innings and allowed just one hit and no earned runs. Skyler Nelson went the final two innings in the second game which went five frames because of the mercy rule.

“Defensively, we get laxed but anyone is going to lose concentration in games like this,” Shawn Ruppert said. “It’s not an excuse, it just happens. We threw out some runners, that was good.”

Brock had a hit with two RBIs while Garrett Long had a hit and RBI. Nick Warner had two hits and two RBIs while Ryan Rasmussen and Ruppert both had one hit and an RBI.

“We’re probably playing our best ball right now,” said Devin Ruppert. “We’re making a lot of defensive plays and hitting the ball well.”

Pine River is at Chippewa Hills on Wednesday and is in the Evart district on Saturday.