Pine River baseball team comes back from first two losses
LEROY — Pine River’s baseball team took a 17-0 record into action last week before sustaining two losses to Beal City. But then the Bucks bounced back with doubleheader sweeps over Mesick and Manton.
Pine River is 21-2.
Friday against Manton, the Bucks won 9-1 and 10-7.
Greg Park took the win, allowing no runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three.
Andrew Alberts had three hits and an RBI, Lucas Harris smacked a three-run homer. Mason Powell had a double and RBI. Tony Moore had two hits.
Mitchell McDonald went the first five innings in the second game, allowing two earned runs on five hits and six walks. Harris had a two-run homer and two total hits plus four RBIs. Alberts had two hits, including a triple and RBI. Park and Mason Powell had two hits apiece.
“I thought we hit the ball well at Manton,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We had a few too many walks by our pitcher, but it’s getting late in the year. I have to find a way to get guys some reps. This week, we’ll try to protect some arms and get other guys pitching.”
Pine River was scheduled to play Lake City Tuesday this week, is home with Evart on Friday and is at Glen Lake on Saturday.
Against Beal City in Game 1, Park took the loss, allowing five earned runs and striking out six. Harris was 3 for 4, while Mason Powell was 2 for 4.
In the nightcap, McDonald took the loss, also going 2 for 4 at the plate. Alberts had a double and a RBI.
“Those were decent games,” Ruppert said “We made some mental mistakes and they didn’t in the field. They made a diving catch, one of the best catches I’ve seen in left field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to save that game. We would have won that (first) game if the kid wouldn’t have dove and made that catch.”
Pine River 10-15, Mesick 0-0 (May 7)
Moore allowed one hit and struck out seven in five innings to win Game 1 for the Bucks (19-1) on Thursday.
Park was 2 for 2 with two RBIs, and Brady Long had a three-run triple.
Grant Ruppert allowed no hits and struck out four in three innings to win Game 2. Marcus Washington was 2 for 2, including a triple and two RBIs, while Long had another three-run triple. Park had a double and two RBIs, and Alberts had a two-run double.
Sportswriters Richard Mead and Ryan Zuke also contributed to this report.