Pine River girls roll to sweep over Nouvel
LEROY — Pine River won two non-league games 14-4 and 10-0 over Saginaw Nouvel on Monday.
Jamie Justin was the winner of the second game. She allowed two hits and fanned four. Kassy Nelson had three hits and five RBIs for Pine River while Justin, Gatt and Jandney Mattson had two apiece.
In the first game, Brooke Pennington was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits, walking five and fanning seven. Alexis Stokely pitched in relief.
Erica Buchner, Mattson and Jenny Wickens had two hits apiece. Mattson had a triple and two RBIs. Nelson had two RBIs.
Last Thursday, the Bucks lost 10-2 to Farwell. Page Esiline was the losing pitcher. Jamie Justin had a hit and RBI for the Bucks.
Pine River beat Manton 5-4 on May 7. Justin took the win. Christie Nelson, Jandney Mattson, Alexis Sebastiano, Alyssa Johnson and Erica Buchner had two hits apiece.
Manton won the second game 4-1. Justin took the loss.
Pine River Invitational
Pine River’s softball team won 16-0 over St. Louis in three innings and 14-6 over Vestaburg to take first place honors in Saturday’s Pine River Invitational.
Against St. Louis, Pine River had 16 hits and no errors. Collecting two hits apiece were Erica Buchner, Cayman Gatt, Jamie Justin, Jandney Mattson, Christie Nelson, Alexis Sebastino and Kassy Nelson.
Gatt had three RBIs while Christie Nelson, Mattson, Sebastiano, Justin and Pilar Ganger had two RBIs apiece. Paige Esiline pitched two innings and Jamie Justin one for Pine River.
Christie Nelson and Sebastiano had three hits apiece. Ganger, Gatt, Mattson, Justin and Buchner had two hits apiece. Christie Nelson, Sebastiano, Justin, Alyssa Johnson and Buchner had two RBIs each.
“The girls played outstanding today,” said interim coach Mike Nelson. “They finally got in a full week of ball and they hit the ball extremely well today.” Justin was the winning pitcher.
“This is the big tournament we put on at Pine River and it’s sweet to win it, I know that,” Nelson said. “We played well in both games.”
Pine River out-hit Vestaburg 17-10.
Meanwhile, Pine River’s softball team broke out the bats against Big Rapids Thursday (May 2) with 15-0 and 15-5 victories in a doubleheader sweep.
The Bucks piled up 27 hits on their way to two convincing victories.
“I feel like we’re finally hitting our stride,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “We struggled to do the little things right against Beal City (Wednesday), but we did the little things right (Thursday) the entire time.”
Paige Esiline earned the pitching victory for the Bucks in the first game, throwing a one-hitter and striking out seven. Justin, Jandney Mattson and Brooke Pennington each had three RBIs for Pine River.
“We came out focused (Thursday),” Mattson said. “We wanted to just strap down and take care of business, and we did that.”
The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the second game, but the Bucks scored 15 unanswered runs the rest of the way.
Alexis Stokely went four innings to pick up the win and Pennington earned the save.
Mattson had four RBIs and a home run and Alexis Sebastiano had two RBIs on two hits for the Bucks.
Mumby gave birth to a bady boy Friday (May 3) and is now on maternity leave 4 to 6 weeks.
Herald Review sports writer Greg Buckner contributed to this report