Pine River softball team falls to Kalkaska, sweeps Evart

LEROY — Pine River’s girls softball team lost a doubleheader to Kalkaska 7-1 and 12-5 on Thursday.

Alexis Bennett took the loss in the first game.

Carleigh Trowbridge had three hits for Pine River.

Bennett also took the loss in the second game. Jenna Johnson had two hits and two RBIs for Pine River.

“We took two losses, but I’m proud of how the girls played,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “I’m impressed with how our offense played.”

The Bucks played at Evart on May 24 and won 21-6. Pine River had 13 hits. Kyla Johnson had a single, double and triple for Pine River

Pine River split with Reed City on May 23 in nonleague action.

Reed City won the first game 8-5. The Bucks had seven errors and matched the Coyotes in hits 8-8.

Dana Hill was the losing pitcher.

Kyla Johnson had three hits.

It was 8-0 before the Bucks scored five runs the top of the sixth.

“Our first game was a case of defense not playing as tough as we need to,” Mumby said. “Both teams had eight hits, but Reed City played errorless ball, and deserved a win. Julianne Griffin was mowing us down the first five innings.”

The Bucks won the second game 17-9. Pine River only had one error and outhit the Coyotes 21-5. Bennett was the winning pitcher. Johnson had a three-run home run, single and four RBIs for the Bucks. Carleigh Trowbridge added four singles. Bennett, and Taylor Warner had two hits. KayLee Goodman had a two-run homer and two RBIs. Both home runs came in a nine-run fifth inning.

“The second game was a combined effort of nearly flawless defense for us and our bats were on fire,” Mumby said. “KayLee Goodman hit a two-run home run and Jenna Johnson followed suit in the same inning with a three-run shot over the fence. We are having a blast playing softball right now.”

Pine River at Glen Lake

The Bucks competed at Glen Lake on Saturday, and defeated Glen Lake 14-9 in the first game. Bennett was the winning pitcher.

Bekah Dean had three singles, while Jenna Johnson had a single and two doubles.

Clare won the second game 5-0. Brock was the losing pitcher. Goodman had two singles for Pine River.

“The Glen Lake tourney was a great day for the Bucks,’’ Mumby said. “Our loss to Clare was one of the best defensive performances we have had all year. Kourtney Brock went the distance with seven innings of work and had three walks, and our defense earned every single out as there weren’t any strikeouts. Clare is a very good team, and I am proud of the way we played. Heading into districts, this is the focus we need.”

Pine River 8, 17 Lake City 2, 9

Pine River defeated Lake City 8-2 in the first game of a Highland Conference doubleheader on May 20. Jenna Johnson had three hits, three runs and two RBIs. Hill was the winning pitcher.

Pine River won the second game 17-9. Pine River tied it 7-7 in the seventh and scored 10 runs the top of the ninth. Lake City scored two runs the bottom of the ninth.