Pine River falls in district tourney

LEROY — District championship?

Not this season for Pine River’s baseball team.

The Bucks have won several district titles in recent years, but lost 16-7 to Mason County Central on Saturday in a home district semifinal game.

Luke Hill was the losing pitcher, giving up four earned runs in one inning. Tristen Nelson had three hits, including two triples, plus three RBI. Grant Ruppert had a double and an RBI.

“The score’s a lot worse than it was,” Pine River Shawn Ruppert said. “We gave up four runs in the first, then we came back and scored three. Then they got upon us 6-3 and we came back and made it 6-5. We kept battling back. It seemed like if it was a bad hop, it was against us. Our field didn’t get water on it. They hit the ball hard on the ground. I don’t want to take anything away from them.

“It was tough. I felt bad for our infielders. It looks like they didn’t know what they were doing but the ball took some bad hops.”

Earlier in the week, Pine River ended its regular season on Wednesday at Muskegon West Michigan Christian. Pine River won 8-7 in eight innings. Pine River lost 16-6 to Morley Stanwood on May 31.

The Bucks ended at 19-16.

“I’m proud of the guys,” Ruppert said. “They got better. We never did get healthy all year. We had to fill in spots. It made it tough on them. I’m proud of the way they went out.”

Pine River girls

Pine River’s season ended on Saturday with a 13-2 loss to Reed City in the Division 3 district semifinal.

Pine River outhit Western Michigan Christian and scored a 20-7 win on June 1. Kyla Johnson had three hits and three RBIs while Bekah Dean had two hits and four RBIs. Alexis Bennett and Taylor Warner had two singles. Alexis Bennett was the winning pitcher.

The Bucks lost to Morley Stanwood 11-7 on May 31. Bennett had three singles, while Anna Hill added two singles.

Pine River’s final record is 18-20.