Pine River girls fall in regional semifinal game
HOLTON — The regional tournament was too short on Saturday for the Pine River softball squad. The Bucks lost in the semifinal round.
Pine River took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh against Holton. The Red Devils rallied against Pine River pitcher Jamie Justin and had the bases full with an out and a 4-3 Pine River lead. Rachel Younts connected with an over-the-fence walk-off grand slam homer for a 7-4 victory over the Bucks.
“That was her first one this year,” said Holton coach Jeremy Hartwick. “She’s a sophomore and she hit one last year. It was a good time for it. We hit the ball hard all day.”
The Bucks had three runs in the first and one in the sixth. Holton had single runs in the first and fourth and five in the seventh. Holton had a 9-8 advantage in hits but also made four errors. Pine River had one error. The Bucks left nine runners on base compared to three for Holton.
Cayman Gatt had three hits, including a triple, for Pine River, plus an RBI. Jandney Mattson had a hit and two RBIs. Kassy Nelson had two singles while Jamie Justin added a hit and RBI. Pillar Ganger also had a hit.
Justin took the loss for Pine River, allowing seven runs on nine hits and one walk, striking out five.
Holton went on to win the regional and now has a 26-9 record.
Pine River’s season ended at 23-13.
“We’ve had an up-and-down season all the way,” said Pine River coach Laura Mumby. “We had so many opportunities to get a hit that would have done it. We sure outhit them. Softball is all about timing and we just didn’t quite get the right hits at the right time.”