Pine River girls 1-1 at Glen Lake


LEROY — Pine River’s softball team was 1-1 over the weekend at the Glen Lake Invitational.

The Bucks lost the first game 5-1 to Rogers City and were out-hit 9-3. Hits for the Bucks came from Ericka Buchner, Jandney Mattson and Kassy Nelson.

Jamie Justin took the loss striking out three walking four and giving up nine hits.

The Bucks won the second game 10-0 over Glen Lake. Pine River had a 10-3 hitting lead and took advantage of seven Glen Lake errors.

Justin, Christie Nelson and Alexis Sebastiano had two hits apiece.

Sebastiano, Alyssa Johnson and Paige Esiline had two RBIs apiece.

Meanwhile, Pine River’s all-state second baseman Christie Nelson likes the way her softball team has been playing lately.

She especially liked what she saw Tuesday night (May 14) in Highland Conference action when the Bucks swept Evart 11-1 and 17-1.

The first game went six innings. The Bucks exploded for seven runs in the third inning.

The Bucks have endured some ups and downs in recent games but it was nothing but ups for this doubleheader.

Jamie Justin was the winning pitcher for Pine River. They outhit the Wildcats 14-3 in the first game and took advantage of five Evart errors.

“Our weakness last year was playing to other team’s levels,” Christie Nelson said. “This year we’re playing up to where we should be.”

Jamie Justin was the winning pitcher, striking out nine, allowing three hits and walking one.

Erica Buchner, Cayman Gatt, Kassy Nelson, and Pillar Ganger had two hits apiece and Gatt, Christie Nelson, Alexis Stokely and Paige Esiline had two RBIs apiece.

Shayna Rushing, Sabrina McKay and Trisha Riskovich had hits for Evart.

“Trisha stole just about every base,” said Evart coach Tracy Gray.

Sam Bressler took the loss, striking out three and allowing 14 hits.

The second game went three innings with the Bucks scoring eight times in the first and eight times in the third.

Gatt had four hits and two RBIs.

Christie and Kassy Nelson had three hits apiece. Kassy had three RBIs and Christie added two.

McKay had Evart’s only hit

“Lately, I haven’t been hitting my best but today, I came back a little better,” Christie Nelson said, adding that as a team “we’re connecting really good with the ball.”

Brooke Pennington was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit and striking out seven.

Bressler gave up 18 hits and struck out one.

Pine River is 13-8 overall and 4-2 in the Highland. Evart is 3-15.

“Our defense and getting our bunts down, the little stuff, is what we need to work on,” Christie Nelson said, adding that her season “is not as good” as what it was during her all-state season last year.. “But I’m still there.”

Poor weather in April put the Bucks and other teams behind, she noted.

The team “is a little off but we’re getting there,” said Nelson.