Pine River girls defeat Kent City

LEROY — Pine River’s girls softball team went 1-1 at its home tournament on Saturday, losing to Alma and defeating Kent City.

The Bucks lost 14-3 to Alma in the first game. Six errors hurt the Bucks defense.

Paige VanHulst took the pitching loss for Pine River. She had two hits and an RBI at the plate.

“Alma’s a really good team,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “There’s really no shame in losing to them. They’re new (to the tournament). Kent City we usually have a doubleheader with them early year. We were going to play them early but that game got cancelled. Alma, we have never played since I’ve been coach.”

In the second game, a 14-6 win over Kent City, Dana Hill was the winning pitcher. She pitched five innings and allowed six runs on seven hits, striking out one. Chelsey Terburgh had four hits and two RBI while Taylor Warner and VanHulst added two hits apiece. Kourtney Brock pitched two innings in relief.

“We did a better job in the second game, having our defense play tight,” Mumby said. “Our offense didn’t do quite as good the first game.”

VanHulst is a senior for the Bucks in her second year of varsity action.

“Last year was a little nerve-racking,” she said. “Other than that, it was a good season. I made the adjustment OK. I knew everybody well on the team. I was all over the infield. I played third, second and short.”

She indicated her glove is a defensive strength.

VanHulst didn’t hit too much last year.

“I feel I’ll do a little bit better (this year),” she said. “I need to relax a lot, keep my eye on the ball and be patient.”

VanHulst played summer softball with the Bucks.

“We’re close, it’s one of the closest teams I’ve been on,” VanHulst said prior to the season. “I think we’ll do good this season. We have strong defense, strong hitters. Our goal is to play as a team. If we lose, we lose. But we’d rather win together.”