Pine River softball team sweeps Big Rapids

Shortstop KayLee Goodman makes a throw to first base in recent action.
Shortstop KayLee Goodman makes a throw to first base in recent action.

LEROY — Daylight stayed around long enough to allow Big Rapids and Pine River to get in two nonleague softball games on Wednesday with the nightcap ending in a 16-15 Pine River victory.

The Bucks also won the opener 10-8.

Big Rapids opened a 5-0 lead in the first game before Pine River came back to regain control. The Cardinals tied the game the top of the sixth 15-15. But KayLee Goodman scored on Alexis Bennett's base hit to end the nightcap in the Bucks' favor.

Kelby Strpko took the loss in the first game despite striking out eight and walking none. Annah Folkema and Sam Spring had two hits apiece. Prince had a hit and two RBI. Folkema added an RBI.

In the second game. Prince had three hits and four RBI. Natalie Danish and Strpko both had two hits and an RBI. Kelsey Walch had three hits and an RBI.

"Alexis pitched a good game in the first one and finished it up in this one," Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. "Our bats did a good job tonight. We've been struggling to do a lot of little things all right. We came together and did a better job of it."

Strpko was the losing pitcher, allowing three earned runs and striking out three.

"I was impressed with how our pitchers came out and threw the ball today," Big Rapids coach Dawn Thompson said. "We have to give them better support on defense."

Big Rapids is 4-3.

"Tonight's wins were exciting and much needed for us," Mumby said. "Alexis Bennett really came through on the mound to pick up game two. Goodman had a great night at the plate picking up a grand slam in game one."

"Maddie Marks had a breakout night hitting and Bekah Dean picked up some key hits as well."

Big Rapids had six errors in the first game and was out-hit 14-6. Bennett and Maddie Marks had three hits apiece for the Bucks. Big Rapids had eight errors in the second game and was out-hit 18-14. Marks, Goodman and Bennett had three hits apiece.

Pine River (5-7) is at Evart Saturday for the Osceola County Tournament.