Pine River routs Buckley, splits with Evart

LEROY — Pine River entered the Memorial Day holiday with an impressive 15-0 nonleague victory over Buckley.

Luke Hill was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit in four innings and striking out seven. Matt Goodenow had a double and an RBI. Hill had a double and five RBIs, while Brad Holmes, Tristen Nelson and Tyler Wing had a single and an RBI.

The Bucks lost the first game of a Highland Conference doubleheader 7-4 to Evart on May 24. Grant Ruppert took the loss, allowing two runs on nine hits, striking out five and walking five. Ruppert had two hits and two RBIs. Matt Stone had two hits and an RBI and Dylan Loop had a single and an RBI.

Pine River beat Evart in the second game 4-1. Raden Holmes was the winning pitcher, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out four. Holmes had a hit while Ruppert had a single and an RBI.

“We didn’t play great at Evart,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We had our moments. Raden threw a nice game. We left too many runners on in the first game.”

Pine River’s baseball team dropped two games on May 21 at the Glen Lake Invitational.

The Bucks lost their first game to Rogers City 4-1. Luke Hill was the losing pitcher.

“Rogers City has a good team,” Shawn Ruppert said. “I was happy how we played for the most part.”

Pine River lost its next game 6-1 to Glen Lake. Tristen Nelson was the losing pitcher and was relieved by Andrew Park.

Ruppert noted he hasn’t had the services of two players slated to be among his top pitchers. Marcus Washington has had to leave the team because of a job and Mason Powell has been injured.

“It’s been one of those years,” Ruppert said. “We haven’t had a full team all year. It’s been injuries right after the other, and one guy ineligible, and then quitting and Marcus getting a job and Mason’s been out. Some of our best players have been out. It will help us for next year because the younger guys have gotten to play more. But it makes it hard to be consistent when you’re constantly putting guys in different positions.

“I haven’t had a year like this in quite awhile, so I guess I was due for one.”

Pine River split with Lake City on Friday, winning the opener 4-2 and losing the second game 8-5.

Grant Ruppert was the winning pitcher of the first game. Holmes had two doubles.

“In the second game, we were up 5-1 and Raden had a rough inning,” Ruppert said. “He hit four batters. He just lost it.”

Pine River ended the league season at 8-6. The Bucks (18-14) play at West Michigan Christian on Wednesday and are home for districts on Saturday.