Pine River softball rallies to win own tournament

LEROY — Pine River softball coach Laura Mumby is more than happy to play for a run, but given the opportunity to score more, she’ll take it.

That is what happened Saturday as the Bucks rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 victory over Cadillac in the title game of the Pine River Invitational.

“In that situation, you play for a run, but if you can keep it going you do,” Mumby said.

Trailing 4-3 going in the bottom of the seventh, Christy Nelson led off with a walk and was sacrificed by Jandey Mattison even though

Mattison was the No. 3 batter and had two home runs in the opening game of the tournament.

Jamie Justin followed with an RBI single to even the game at 4-4.

“We came together,” Justin said. “We needed some hits and we didn’t get ourselves down during the game.”

Cayman Gatt followed with a single to put runners at first and second and still only one out. After Cadillac got the next batter to hit into a force out, Alexis Sebastiano ended the game with a single to right field that scored Gatt.

“I just wanted to get a hit,” Sebastiano said.

Chelsea Nelson, Gatt, Sebastiano and Kassy Nelson all had two hits in the title game.

What impressed Mumby the most in the tournament was how her team came out. Mumby said the team has been notoriously slow, often falling behind to begin games only to rally for victories.

That wasn’t the case Saturday as Pine River rolled to a 25-5 victory over Mesick in the first game.

Mattison had three hits, including a pair of home runs and a triple.

Justin, Gatt and Brooke Sebastiano had three hits, while Chelsea

Nelson and Christy Nelson collected a pair of hits.

“We have been coming out a little stagnant, but I think that is why we have been able to come back,” Mumby said. “(Saturday) we came out ready to play from the first game and that had us ready to play in the second game.”

Pine River took a 2-0 lead against Cadillac in the fourth inning, only to watch the Vikings score three runs in the fifth inning for a 3-2 advantage. The Bucks tied it on a home run by Gatt, but that was followed with a home run by the Vikings and a 4-3 lead.

“Digging deep down, having the heart to keep moving on,” Mumby said of how they were able to score two runs in the seventh inning. “This is a group that seems to do that better than any other I’ve ever had.”