Pine River second at home invitational

LEROY — Pine River (12-6) defeated Montabella 11-0 in the first game of its home baseball invitational on Saturday, but lost to Elkton Pigeon-Bayport 4-0 in the title contest.

The loss snapped Pine River’s 11-game winning streak.

The first game went five innings. The winning pitcher was Grant Ruppert, who went the distance, striking out seven and allowing one hit and one walk.

Tristen Nelson, Andrew Park and Ruppert had two hits apiece. Mason Powell added a triple.

Raden Holmes was the losing pitcher in the second game. He went six innings and had one walk and seven strikeouts. Matt Goodenow had both of Pine River’s hits.

“We just didn’t hit the ball well today,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “The last pitcher was decent, but he wasn’t great. I thought our defense was decent again. Raden, after the first two innings, I thought settled down and made some pitches. But they’re a good team.”

“It was pretty good, we jut need to work on getting runs when our pitchers are doing well,” senior Matt Goodenow said, adding that during the winning streak, “we were playing fundamentally smart, working together and getting our bat on the ball.”

Pine River 12, 12 Mesick 2-2 (baseball)

Pine River (11-5) swept Mesick by a pair of 12-2 scores in five and six innings in Thursday’s nonleague doubleheader to extend its winning streak to 10 games. Luke Hill and Marcus Washington were winning pitchers. Dylan Loop had three hits the first game and Hill had two hits and four RBI in the second.

“We didn’t hit the ball well the second game,” Ruppert said. “I thought we threw a lot of strikes.”

Pine River is at Beal City on Friday.