Pine River baseball team sweeps Chippewa Hills

REMUS —  Chippewa Hills opened its season with 3-0 and 11-7 losses to Pine River on Wednesday in a pair of six-inning games.

Greg Park was the winning pitcher, going four innings, striking out nine, while Mitch McDonald went the final two. Marcus Washington had two hits for Pine River and an RBI while Lucas Harris had one hit. Brett Walcutt, Tyler Gates and Hunter Conley pitched two innings each for the Warriors. Walcutt gave up one unearned run. Bates allowed no runs and Conley permitted two unearned runs.

Kedrick Adams took the loss in the second game, going the first three innings. He allowed three runs, one unearned.

“When I came into today, I wanted to give my six guys innings and give everybody at bats,” Warrior coach Ben Wright said. “We probably played like it was our first game. I have to give Pine River some credit. They came out and threw the ball really well. They did things better than us.”

Walcutt had two hits for the Warriors.

“You obviously always want to win,” Wright said. “It’s expected to come out and have to learn things as we go. We’re not leaving disappointed, but leaving with things we have to work on.”

Walcutt had two hits for the Warriors while Conley, Tyler Kelsey and Caleb Martin also had hits.

Tony Moore was the winning pitcher in the second game. McDonald had two hits and two RBIs for the winners while Harris had three RBIs, Park had two RBI and Grant Ruppert one RBI.

“We had one bad inning in the second game and should have gotten out of it allowing no runs,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “But they got three runs. Other than that, I’m happy with our defense.”

Pine River is 3-0.

“I like the way the guys are running the bases,” Ruppert said. “They’re keeping their heads in the game. We had some big hits. Chippewa Hills always has a good team. I’m happy to play a good team like that.”

Pine River is at Kent City April 13.