Pine River baseball team concludes its summer season


LEROY — The final game of the summer didn’t last long for the Pine River 15-and-under baseball team. The Bucks were rained out at home against Tri County in the first inning on Sunday.

Mac Peterson and Tristan Nelson had in the only hits offensively for the Bucks, who also had some walks. Nelson did the pitching for the Bucks.

Coach Brent Ruppert’s team had six games during the summer, plus a tournament.

“We’re trying to get some pitching development,” Ruppert said. “We didn’t have a lot of pitchers during the season. A lot of freshmen will be sophomores. I tried to give them as much pitching experience as we could. It was nice to see the turnout of these kids. They’re interested in playing.

“It took some younger kids from seventh and eighth grade and got them some exposure to high school ball which I think will help in the long run and not be scared of it. They all like to play. They always gave me a good effort. It’s a learning experience. I wasn’t concerned with wins or losses. I wanted to see growth and improvement.”

Players like Peterson, Nelson, Matt Stone and Raden Holmes, plus Steve Hitkowski, who will be sophomores next season, were among the leaders for the summer team.

They’re likely to stay with the JVs.

“Shawn (Ruppert, varsity coach) only lost two kids to graduation,” Ruppert said. “He should have enough kids that will be juniors and seniors. It’s hard to say what will happen from now to next spring.”