Pine River baseball team ends summer season at .500

summer games: Payton Pacola delivers a pitch for Pine River during a recent summer game. (File photo)
summer games: Payton Pacola delivers a pitch for Pine River during a recent summer game. (File photo)

LEROY — The summer season has ended for the 15-and-under Pine River baseball team.

The Bucks played at Benzie Central last Wednesday and lost 9-7.

Mason Powell was the starting pitcher for Pine River and went the first three innings, allowing two runs and striking out one. Matt Goodenow went two innings and Hunter Esiline went one inning on the mound.

Pine River scored five runs in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth.

“We played OK but we gave up five runs in one inning,”  Pine River coach Brent Ruppert said. “We had a couple of errors that kept the inning alive and hurt us.”

Esiline had four hits with an RBI while Grant Ruppert had three hits, Goodenow and Chris Nelson had two hits and Powell and Matt Stone had one hit each.

Pine River was .500 for the season.

“We hit the ball hard,” Ruppert said. “A couple of times, we hit line drives right at them. There were some we hit them at the pitcher and it tipped off his glove to another fielder. We didn’t get many breaks. It was one of those games. The kids came out ready to hit. The last couple of games, they hit the ball hard. It was a good learning experience for all of them. It gives them a good start for next year when they start their high school careers.”

Most of the players will be entering the JV level next season.

“I had two (in the Wednesday) game with some JV experience and the rest are incoming freshmen,” Ruppert said. “I took kids that played JV and wanted to play the summer, They couldn’t play local leagues.

“There’s a group that are going to be juniors next year and a group that will be sophomores,” Ruppert said. “I think next year we’ll try to get to where they get more games. There’s not a lot of teams around here that want to play the younger kids.”