LEROY — Pine River’s softball squad has been playing like the No.8-ranked team in the state in recent weeks.

On Saturday, the Bucks were 3-1 at the Saginaw Swan Valley Invitational. They lost 6-0 to Swan Valley. Miranda Nelson took the loss, allowing six hits. Brook Sebastiano had the other hit for the Bucks.

Pine River bounced back for an 11-8 win over St. Charles. Brooke Pennington was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Nelson had three hits including a double. Kristen Nelson had a double while Destinee Wells had a two-run double for the Bucks.

In the final game, Pine River defeated Bay City Central 10-5. Miranda Nelson allowed three walks and struck out eight. Jandney Mattson had two hits including a double. Nelson had two hits with a double. Sebastiano also had two hits. Chelsea Nelson added a double.

“We had our ups and down,” said Pine River coach Laura Mumby. “It was more ups than downs. We’ve made some big strides.”

On April 12, the Bucks rallied to sweep host Morley Stanwood 5-4, 5-4.

Nelson went 15 innings in the two games to pick up both wins. She allowed 13 hits.

In the first game, Caymen Gatt, Justin, Mattson, Danielle Nixon and Tiffany Waldfogel had two hits each. In the second game, the Bucks had one hit each from Justin and Nixon.

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The Bucks posted 13-3 and 10-3 wins over Morley Stanwood on April 12 to open the season with wins. Pine River had seven runs in the seventh inning of the first game.

Nick Warner and Lincoln Ruppert were the winning pitchers.

Derrick Waldfogel had two hits and four RBIs for the Bucks while Kyle Brock added two hits and three RBIs.

Pine River is 3-0.

“It’s hard to judge after a couple of games,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “So far, we have done well. We have some things to work on. I’ve been happy with our young guys. We’ve had a lot more consistent hitting. Our pitching needs to improve.”