Pine River sweeps Reed City in nonleague baseball action

LEROY — Pine River’s baseball team improved to 15-0 overall with 11-1 and 13-4 wins over Reed City Thursday night in nonleague baseball action.

Mitchell McDonald went five innings in the first game for the win, allowing one run on three hits, and striking out eight. 

Mason Powell had three hits, including a triple and RBI. Lucas Harris had two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Marcus Washington and Tyler Wing both had a single and RBI.

The Bucks fired out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning of the second game. Grant Ruppert went the first six innings and took the win, allowing four earned runs and nine hits, plus two walks while fanning three batters. 

McDonald had three hits, including a double and three RBIs. Washington had two hits and two RBIs. Ruppert had two hits and an RBI. Dylan Loop added two hits. Nick Shimel had a single and RBI.

“I was happy with all the guys that got in,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “They did a nice job and made some nice defensive plays. Grant did a nice job starting that second game. He hasn’t pitched much. It was nice to see him pitch well.”

For Reed City, Hunter Morrison took the loss in the first game and Trevor Thiel was the pitcher of record in the second.

Ray Phenix had four hits in the second game, while Alex Brummel, Gabe Miller and Logan Straub had two apiece.

“Pine River’s a good team,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. ‘Our biggest thing now is we have the mentality to think we’ll lose before we get to any field. It’s taken some young blood, some freshmen to come up to change that attitude. We’ll probably have a young team the rest of the year to change that attitude.” 

Reed City fell to 2-11.

“We lack leadership,” Shaffer said. “We need to find somebody to do that for us.”

“The guys go out to have fun and they hit the ball well today, I thought,” Ruppert said.