Pine River drops pair of extra-inning games to Reed City

BRISTOL — Despite two extra-inning losses aganst Reed City, Pine River softball coach Laura Mumby had reason to smile.

The Bucks lost 5-4 twice in a pair of seven-inning games Wednesday at Bristol Fields.

“These two games were the best we have had all summer,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “Even though the outcomes weren’t in our favor, both teams played well, and the games were fun to watch.”

In the first game, the Bucks scored single runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings, while Reed City had two in the third, one in the fourth and two in the seventh. The Bucks had a 7-4 hitting advantage. Taylor Warner had two singles and one RBI while Kyla Johnson, Chelsey TerBurgh and Hill all had singles. Bekah Dean, Dana Hill and Taylor Hill had RBIs.

Hill went all the way, allowing five runs on four hits and five walks, while fanning five batters.

Dean was the losing pitcher in the second game and the Bucks had a 5-2 hits advantage. They also couldn’t capitalize enough on five Reed City errors. TerBurgh, Carleigh Trowbridge, Taylor Warner, Dean and Saige Watson all had hits. Johnson had two RBIs and Trowbridge had one.

Kourtney Brock pitched the first three innings.

Dana Hill was the losing pitcher and allowed two runs on one hit and three walks, while striking out two. Dean allowed three runs on one hit and six walks, plus two hit batsmen.

“Kudos to the Reed City girls for pulling both of them out,” Mumby said.

The Bucks aren’t done yet. They’ll close the LAT League Wednesday at Bristol

“I saw a lot of fire and competitive spirit in the girls (Wednesday),” Mumby said. “That is a great foundation to build next season on.”

Hannah Hill is a catcher and outfielder who played junior varsity last season and will make the move to varsity next spring. But she’s gotten a head start on varsity action with summer softball.

“It’s more intense than what JV is,” Hill said, adding as a catcher “if you make a mistake, it will probably hurt the team more than on JV.”

Her strength as a catcher “is probably stopping the ball, Hill said.

She took pride in her hitting on the JVs, batting around .300. She realizes varsity pitching will be more challenging.

“You have to have quick hands and watch the ball,” Hill said adding that summer ball “lets us play with each other. I think we’ll be really good this year. I think we show a lot of potential now.”