Pine River baseball team falls to Onekama 3-1

LEROY — A lack of game-time might be among the key reasons Pine River’s bats were silent Monday night in a 3-1 loss to Onekama in 15-year-and-under baseball action.

Onekama scored two runs in the fourth inning, thanks to four walks and a hit batsman. Onekama scored in the sixth on an error.

The Bucks only run came in the sixth on an RBI double by Brad Holmes.

“We didn’t hit the ball very well,” said Pine River coach Brent Ruppert.

Raden Holmes was among the pitchers for the Bucks along with Steve Hilkowski (starter), Tristan Nelson and Matt Stone. Holmes had three strong innings, Hilkowski went for two innings and the others hurled one apiece. Pine River had three hits.

“(Onekama) is kind of an all-star team from Onekama-Bear-Lake Brethren-Manistee areas,” Ruppert said. “They play a lot of ball, including tournaments. We need to play more ball and we need to hit.”

Pine River plays at home 2:30 p.m. Sunday against Tri County.

“I was pleased with how we pitched and played defense,” Ruppert said. “This would have been our third game. Manistee couldn’t play us on Saturday. Some of our kids played in a tournament (earlier this summer). Some of them will have played eight games when all is said and done. That’s pretty good for summer.

“The one infield (lineup) I had, I had a kid going as a freshman, an eighth grader and a seventh grader. For young kids, they’re learning. I’m happy with how they’re playing.”