Pine River girls fall to Morley Stanwood

LEROY — Morley Stanwood’s softball team took a pair from Pine River, 9-4 and 10-3, Thursday night in non-league action.

Hayley Pollaski was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing eight hits and two walks. The Mohawks had only one hit, a single in the fourth inning by Felicia Sparks, but benefited on 22 walks from Pine River pitching and two hit batter.

Brooke Pennington had a solo homer in the second inning for the Bucks. Jenna Johnson had two singles. The Mohawks had two runs in the first, three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth and seventh.

In the second game, the Mohawks had two runs in the top of the first but Pennington’s two-run single in the bottom of the inning tied the game. The Mohawks would go on to gain the lead with three runs in the third and got a big bases-loaded triple in the five-run sixth by Mekayla Carey for a 9-3 advantage.

Mallory Raven was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs and three hits in seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts plus one hit batter. Carey had a triple and double and scored three runs. Jennie Kizer delivered a triple, a single and two RBIs. Taylor Maguire and Drew Myers both had a double and single.

“We started a little shaky in the first game,” Morley Stanwood coach Andrea Raven said. “But we pulled through and got the win, so that’s the most important thing. In game two, we played with better energy and confidence.”

Stokely took the loss for Pine River, striking out seven. Pennington had a double for the Bucks.

“Our defense played well and rallied around,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “We just didn’t get timely hits when we needed them. I’m proud with how our kids played overall. We showed improvement from the beginning of the year, that’s for sure.”

Morley Stanwood, 16-10-1, was at the Reese Tournament on Saturday. Pine River, 8-19, is at Kent City Tuesday.