Pine River, Reed City split LAT League doubleheader

BRISTOL — Pine River and Reed City took their softball rivalry to the Bristol ball diamonds Wednesday night and settled for a split in Local Area Teams league play.

Reed City won the first game 12-2, and Pine River triumphed 15-12 in the nightcap.

Both games went six innings.

In the first game, Sidni Rushford was the winning pitcher, going the distance, walking three, striking out seven and allowing three hits and two runs.

Courtney Smith had three hits, while Alex Brummel, Cameron Meyers, Rikki Saez and Devin Willard had two hits apiece. Rushford added one hit.

“I was happy with the way we came out in our first game,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “In the second game, we experimented a little bit with our lineup and got in some new kids.”

Kourtney Brock pitched three innings and took the loss, walking two and striking out one. Bekah Dean also threw three innings, allowing six hits and five walks and striking out one.

Carleigh Trowbridge had a triple,while Ally Stokley added a double and Taylor Warner had a single and RBI.

Taylor Hill pitched 1 1/3 innings the second game. Brock went the following 4 2/3 innings and allowed one hit and nine walks while striking out three.

“We hit the ball well in Game 2 and played solid defense, getting outs when we could,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “Reed City gave us a heck of a fight in Game 2 and kicked butt in Game 1, considering they only had eight players in both games.”

Jenna Johnson delivered a single, triple and home run, plus two RBIs, for Pine River. Kyla Johnson had a single, double and three RBIs, while Chelsey TerBurgh and Brock had two singles each.

Ally Stokely contributed a double and RBI.

Trowbridge had a  single and two RBIs, while Dean and Hill had two singles apiece.

“We’re getting kids to work on different pitches and running our plays and trying to put ourselves in situations that will help us,” Mumby said. “We just need field time to be in game-like situations. We really get the bat on the ball. It’s not so much our defense, but rather what to do in the right situations.”

Maddie Morgan took the loss for Reed City. Willard had two hits, while Smith and Ally Yarger added two apiece.

“We got behind early, but I thought the kids did a good job of focusing and coming back and making the game close at the end,” Steig said.

Reed City faces Tri County and Pine River plays Cadillac in doubleheaders on Wednesday at Bristol.