Pine River girls pick up weekend sweep

KINGSLEY — Pine River’s softball team defeated Kingsley 10-4 and 12-2 in non-league action Saturday.

The Bucks, who were swept Friday night in losses to Manistee to open the season, are 2-2.

Brooke Pennington was the winning pitcher in the first game. The Bucks scored two runs in the third inning, five in the fifth and three in the sixth. They had 12 hits compared to seven for Kingsley and committed two errors. Pennington helped her own cause with three hits, including a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Alyssa Johnson, Morgann Kanouse and Erin Millen had two RBIs apiece. Nelson, Jenna Johnson and Pennington had one RBI each. Nelson and Alyssa Johnson, plus Jenny Wilkins, had two hits apiece. Kanouse had a triple.

Pennington gave up seven hits and three walks and fanned two batters.

In the second game, the Bucks scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the fourth and three in the fifth. The game ended after five innings. Pine River had an 8-2 hits advantage.

Jenna Johnson and Erin Millen had two hits apiece. Millen had two doubles and four RBIs. Johnson scored three runs and Nelson, who walked twice, also scored two runs.

“Our bats really came alive (Saturday) with six players having multiple hits per game (Saturday),” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said.

Alexis Stokely was the winning pitcher, going all five innings and striking out four while allowing two hits and one walk.

“Brooke Pennington and Alexis Stokely showed impressive control on the mound (Saturday),” Mumby said.

The Bucks will play at Reed City on Thursday.