Pine River baseball team falls to Big Rapids

BIG RAPIDS — This year, the Cardinals got the best of the Bucks.

Geoff Pisani had a solid eight-inning pitching performance while Aaron Repke contributed the dramatic base hit for a 4-3 Big Rapids nonleague baseball victory over Pine River on Wednesday.

The Cardinals won the second game 6-0 in six innings.

Repke had the game-winning single with his drive just landing fair down the right-field line in the bottom of the eighth.

Pisani went all eight innings, striking out 13 batters and allowing five hits. He also had two hits and an RBI. Keenan McIntyre had two hits and scored a run.

Grant Ruppert took the pitching loss for Pine River. Mason Powell and Marcus Washington had three hits apiece and Mack Peterson added a double.

“I thought we played OK the first game,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. ‘We gave them the tying run and didn’t pay attention in the bottom of the sixth on the play when they scored. We tied it back up in the seventh. I like the way we battled in the bottom of the eighth. They had runners on second and third base with no out. We got the next two outs. But their guy chalked it down the right field line.”

The Cardinals (6-2) had three pitchers in the second game. John Yonker went the first three innings for the win while Hunter Walch went the next two and Jackson Lund went the final inning.

Walch had one hit, scored a run and had an RBI.

“It was two good baseball games,” Big Rapids coach Sam Daugherty said. “The first game was the first time this year we put together hitting, defense and pitching. We found a way to grind out a win, which I think was critical. It was absolutely a stellar performance by Pisani.

“The bottom line in that first game was an outstanding baseball game against an always tough Pine River ballclub,” Daugherty said. “Pine River beat us three times last year”

Lund had two hits and scored a run. The Bucks (1-5) only had two hits in the second game. Raden Holmes was the losing pitcher.

“It’s good that a lot of our guys are getting experience,” Ruppert said. “We’re shorthanded now. It will be nice when everyone gets back. We have some injured and another player ineligible until next week. We haven’t had a full team yet.”

“The second game, we came out and picked up where we left off from the first game and continue to improve defensively,” Daugherty said. “The pitching was exceptional.”