Pine River softball, baseball open seasons with victories

MORLEY — Morley Stanwood rolled to a 13-3 victory in five innings in the second game of a non-league softball doubleheader against Pine River on April 11 to open the season.

The Bucks won the first game 4-0 in their season opener.

Jamie Justin was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing three hits while walking three and fanning nine batters. For the Bucks, Brooke Pennington had two hits with a double while Chelsea Nelson added two hits and Eric Buchner had a triple.

“I think we looked good,” said Pine River senior center fielder Brooke Sebastiano. “We came out and put it to them. I think we’re going to do pretty good this year.”

“We had some good highlights in the first game,” said Pine River coach Laura Mumby. “The kids stepped up and did a good job.”

In the second game, Pennington took the loss for the Bucks. Chelsea Nelson had two hits and Justin one hit for Pine River.

“Our second game wasn’t as good as the first,” Mumby said. “But it’s early in the season. “I was excited to see how the kids could do when they’re playing well. There are things to work on.”

BASEBALL

MORLEY — Pine River used a big five-run eighth inning to come back against Morley Stanwood Wednesday night and win a single nine-inning non-league baseball game.

The Bucks had scored one run in the first inning and three in the fourth. Morley Stanwood had one in the second and four in the fifth. Pine River then took a 9-5 lead with five in the eighth, spurred on a three-run double by Skyler Nelson. The Mohawks added a run in the ninth.

“We got sloppy in that one inning,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We took the ball to the wrong spot. But we made some nice plays in the field.”

The game was originally scheduled for Pine River on Tuesday but was postponed because of the weather to Wednesday at Morley Stanwood.

Devin Ruppert went the first 4.1 innings for the Bucks, allowing four hits and two walks while fanning seven. Lincoln Erickson pitched 4.2 innings and took the win. He fanned 10 batters.

“The pitching was OK,” Ruppert said. “Lincoln has been gone and he was a little rusty when he came in. Devin threw a good four innings. Brandon Hoaglund and Nelson had three hits apiece. Nelson had four RBIs while Hoaglund added two. Mitch McDonald added two hits and Garrett Long added a single and had one RBI.