Pine River set for busy slate

LEROY —  The Pine River baseball team took its first two losses of the season on Tuesday (May 6) against Beal City.

Beal City won the first game 3-1 before taking the second game in decisive 6-0 fashion.

“They mercied Mount Pleasant High School,” said Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert. “They’ve only lost one. They had one good pitcher. The second game, we just didn’t hit the ball. Skyler and (Nelson) and Mitch (McDonald threw well that game. They kept us in the game.”

On Wednesday, Pine River was at Vestaburg but the game was shortened because of lightning. The Wolverines got the 5-2 win.

The Bucks (12-3, 4-2 Highland) are at Evart Friday and at the Glen Lake Invitational on Saturday. Also this week, the Bucks were scheduled to play at home Tuesday against Lake City and Wednesday in a makeup with Manton. The Manton game was originally last Friday, but was rained out and rescheduled for Monday. But it was rained out again and Pine River officials hope to get it in on Wednesday.

Such a hectic schedule will put his pitching staff to the test, Ruppert acknowledged, but will be a benefit for those who haven’t been pitching much.

“With us losing to Beal, I don’t think anyone will knock Beal off,” Ruppert said. “We’d like to win the rest of our conference games. The focus could turn toward the districts.”

The Bucks will be at Kent City the Tuesday (May 27) prior to the Division 3 districts, which will be at Pine River.