Morley Stanwood, Pine River battle to baseball split

LEROY — Morley Stanwood demonstrated how one big inning can make the difference Thursday night.

The Mohawks scored seven runs in the fifth to take the first game of a non-league doubleheader from Pine River, which took the rematch 6-1.

The Bucks are 22-5 while Morley Stanwood is 11-17.

“It was pretty uninspired (effort) on our part (Thursday),” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “It definitely wasn’t one of our better efforts. I thought Morley played well. We didn’t have our heads in the game.”

In the opener, Pine River had two runs in the second and one in the third for a 3-0 lead. The Mohawks erupted for seven in the fifth and another run in the sixth. Pine River had two runs in the fifth.

Skyler Nelson took the loss. He went five innings, striking out seven, allowing seven hits and two walks. Hoaglund pitched in relief.

Nelson, Greg Park and Grant Ruppert had a hit and RBI for the Bucks. Luke Harris had an RBI. 

“Our fielding, that was probably the worst we’ve had,” Ruppert said. “We just didn’t do a good job. That happens. But I’m not taking anything from Morley.”

Grant Ruppert’s RBI bounceout gave Pine River a 1-0 lead. John Lagendyk had an RBI single in the third inning to tie the game. Pine River came back later with RBI singles from Nelson and Park and a two-run single by Harris to take control of the game with a 6-1 lead after four innings.

Park was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits, both by Lagendyk, walking four and striking out nine. Nelson had three hits including a double and RBI. Hoaglund had two hits including a double. Park had two hits including an RBI.

“Greg’s been pitching well,” Ruppert said. “Skyler didn’t pitch that bad. We had three errors that one inning (of the opener). I think we had three line drives that they caught.”

Pine River is home for districts on Saturday.