Pine River baseball team wins home tournament

Pine RIver's Jacob Roberts gets set to slide safely into home plate
Pine RIver's Jacob Roberts gets set to slide safely into home plate

LEROY — Pine River's baseball team survived a cold, strong wind to defeat Manistee 4-1 and Montabella 13-1 for first-place honors in Saturday's home invitational. Tristen Nelson went 3 1/3 innings to take the win in the first game, allowing one run on three hits and striking out one. Mason Powell went the final 3 2/3 innings, striking out six.

Mason Powell had a double and RBI while Tanner Shimel had a single and RBI.

Luke Hill was the winning pitcher in the title game, going two innings and allowing no runs. Nelson had a double and three RBI, Powell had a single and two RBI. The Bucks built an 11-2 lead after three innings and scored two runs in fourth and were able to end the game on the mercy rule after five innings.

“I thought our pitchers did a good job of throwing strikes,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We didn't hit the ball well today. But the wind was knocking a lot of it. I was happy again with our defense. We played consistent defense.”

Pine River is 18-2.

“We had a little bit easier part of our schedule the last couple of of weeks,” Ruppert said. “We've been playing pretty good ball. We could be playing better. We have some games coming up where we'll have to hit better.”

The Bucks are home Thursday against Beal City.

Pine River 10-11, McBain 0-2

Pine River 11-20, Mesick 0-3

Pine River's baseball team won back-to-back twinbills last week.

On Wednesday, the Bucks swept McBain 10-0 and 11-2 in Highland Conference action. On Thursday, they took a pair from nonleague rival Mesick 11-0 and 20-3.

In the first game against McBain, Nelson was the winning pitcher, fanning four and allowing two hits and five walks.  Powell had two hits and four RBIs.

Hill was the winning pitcher in the second game in four innings of work, allowing two hits and three walks. Masa Ogawa had three hits and two RBIs. Nelson had three hits and one RBI. Powell and Schimel both had two hits and one RBI.

Raden Holmes was the winning pitcher in the first game against Mesick, going all six innings and allowing no earned runs, three hits and no walks. Agawa had two hits and one RBI. Hill and Holmes both added two hits and two RBIs. In the second game, Agawa went two innings and allowed one hit. Lane Ruppert and Mattt Stone both had two hits. Stone had three RBIs.

Pine River is 4-0 in the Highland.