Pine River girls softball prevails over Evart

EVART – Pine River remained undefeated in the Highland Conference softball race and took another big step in its bid for the title with a 13-2 victory over Evart in the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader on May 15.

Pine River led 10-8 in the fourth inning of the second game when it was suspended because of lightening. The future status of the game was not immediately known.

“We hit the ball really well,” said Pine River coach Laura Mumby. “Our defense really did not play as strong as we’ve typically been playing. We’re looking to push strong until the end of the season. We have to step it up to do that.”

Jamie Justin was the winning pitcher of the first game, allowing nine hits and one walk and fanning 10 batters.

Chelsea Nelson had three hits including two triples. Erica Buchner and Christie Nelson had two hits apiece. Alexis and Brooke Sebastiano both had hits. Justin had an over-the-fence home run.

Chelsea Bengry took the loss allowing six walks while striking out five in six innings. Dani Gray had a single and double for the Wildcats who netted two singles from Magdalen Hyde plus a double from Dana Casey and singles from Sabrina McKay.

In the second game, prior to the suspension. Justin gave up five hits and two walks and struck out five. Chelsea Nelson had two triples while Jandney Mattson had two hits including a double. Cayman Gatt and Brooke Sebastiano had two hits apiece. Katelyn Whitman and Kendra Foster also had singles.

Sam Bressler took the loss in the second game. She had two walks and a hit batsman and didn’t strike out anyone. She gave up 11 hits.

The Evart defense only made one error. Bengry and Hyde had two singles each. Bressler, Gray, McKay and Taylor Martin had singles.

“We’re hitting now,” said Evart coach Josh Johnson. “Every girl in the order, I’m feeling confident is going to put the ball in play, which is a major change. Defensively, I feel like we’re not getting better. In the second game, we only had one error. It just comes and goes.”

Evart is 5-18.

“I keep telling them all it takes is a game where you don’t make mistakes, you make the routine play and you can play against anybody,” Johnson said. “We went 10-8 against Pine River. Hopefully, they understand that stuff.”