Pine River baseball team sweeps Reed City

REED CITY — A no-hitter highlighted the boxscore and the Pine River baseball team swept Reed City in nonleague doubleheader action on Thursday.

Pine River’s Greg Park pitched a no-hitter in a six-inning 12-0 victory for the Bucks in the first game of the twinbill, striking out 10 and walking one batter in six innings.

Park also had three RBIs on two hits offensively for the Bucks while Tony Moore drove in two runs with a hit.

Logan Straub took the pitching loss for the Coyotes in the opener, giving up four hits in four innings.

“I thought Greg Park pitched well,” said Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert. “We took advantage in the first game of the runners we had on base.”

Park was a strong pitcher for the JV last season.

“I knew coming back he would give a lot of innings to us,” Ruppert said. “He’s done a good job early on.”

The Bucks closed out the night with a 6-5 win in the nightcap.

Mitchell McDonald was the winning pitcher after giving up four hits and striking out two through three innings while Brandon Hoaglund struck out seven in the final four innings.

Trevor Theiel was given the loss for the Coyotes after pitching five innings.

Skyler Nelson led the Bucks’ offense with a double and two RBIs while Eric Grannis had two hits, a walk and scored two runs to lead Reed City on offense.

“The second game, we didn’t play our best,” Ruppert said. “We were missing a couple of guys from a Mexico trip. I was pleased with the guys that played, maybe at different positions than they’re used to.”

The Bucks this week was scheduled to host Farwell Tuesday and McBain Thursday.

“McBain’s not bad,” Ruppert said. “They actually had one of their better teams last year.”

Pioneer sports editor Greg Buckner contributed to this report.