Pine River baseball team remains undefeated

LEROY — The Pine River baseball team stays red hot after sweeping visiting Big Rapids on Monday in its home opener, staying undefeated with an 11-0 record.

The Bucks won the opener 7-2, and the nightcap 4-2.

“We are a pretty athletic team,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We are still moving some guys around to find out what our best lineup is, and they have responded pretty well.”

In Game 1, Pine River’s Greg Park earned the win, throwing the first three innings with five strikeouts, allowing only two hits, one walk and no earned runs.

Mason Powell had one double and two RBIs, while Alex Knapp also contributed a double and one RBI.

Big Rapids’ Geoff Pisani started Game 1, allowing six runs in three innings of work. Maverick Steffis went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Tony Moore took the complete-game win in Game 2, throwing all six innings. Moore finished with two strikeouts, allowing seven hits and one walk. He also had one single and one RBI at the plate.

Lucas had one double and one RBI in Game 2.

“The guys have played quite a bit of baseball, so they understand the game as a whole,” Ruppert said. “We have confidence in our pitchers, and our pitchers have confidence in the defense, and that’s an important part of the game.”

For Big Rapids, Brendan Folkema went 1 for 2 with two RBIs in Game 2.

“They have made considerable improvement,” Big Rapids coach Sam Daugherty said. “We still need to get a little better day by day.”

Ruppert believes his team is very versatile, but can still work on hitting.

“I just want to see some more consistency at the plate,” Ruppert said. “We only had one doubleheader last week, so having a week off in between games effected our hitting a little.”

Pine River is home Thursday against Reed City.

Pine River softball 

LEROY — The Pine River softball team improved to 5-7 after a two-game sweep of Big Rapids on Monday, winning 14-12, 14-4.

Chelsey TerBurgh led the Bucks in Game 1, going 4 for 5 with five singles and one RBI. Kyla Johnson had three RBIs, while Carleigh Trowbridge had two. Jenna Johnson had the team’s only stolen base.

After a six-run deficit through two innings, Kortney Brock came in and pitched the last five innings with four strikeouts and five walks.

“After the pitching change, our offense came back and chipped away,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby. “That’s kind of the story for this group. It would be nice if we could shore up on defense a little bit and not put that kind of pressure on ourselves.”

In the second game, Dana Hill earned the win, having one strikeout through 3 2/3 innings.

At the plate, Jenna Johnson, Erin Millen, Taylor Warner and TerBurgh all finished with two hits and two runs. Goodman also had two hits, including a triple, and one run.

“It felt nice to come out in Game 2 and get a mercy,” Mumby said. “They really got concentrated and dialed it in in the second game.”