Pine River teams defeat Manton

LEROY — Pine River rallied for two runs the top of the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader for a 6-5 victory and earned a softball sweep over Manton in Highland Conference action on Tuesday, May 8.

Pine River won the first game 14-3 in five innings. Jamie Justin took the win, allowing five hits and seven strikeouts while walking three. Christie Nelson collected three hits while Jandney Mattson had two hits and three RBIs. Erica Buchner and Cayman Gatt had two hits apiece. Justin had two hits and three RBIs.

In the second game, the Rangers took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a solo homer from Brittney Brauer. But Gatt had a two-run base hit in the top of the seventh to put the Bucks back on top.

“I just wanted to hit the ball and run,” Gatt smiled. “We were all screaming and jumping up and down. We were excited.”

Justin was also the winner of the second game, striking out four and walking one. Gatt and Justin had two hits apiece. Mattson had one hit and three RBIs.

Pine River is 15-8 overall and 4-0 in the Highland Conference.

“We played good, we had played strong defense and had the (offense) when we needed it,” Gatt said.

We’ve seen Manton three times too and they’re in our district too so they’re a force to be reckoned with,” said Pine River coach Laura Mumby, adding that she told her team the top of the seventh, “it’s do or die time. This is what we live for and what we want to do. It’s the fourth time this year we’ve won in the seventh inning.”

BASEBALL

LEROY — Pine River’s baseball team improved to 10-8-1 with a Highland Conference sweep over Manton 7-1 and 11-1 on Tuesday.

The second game went six innings.

Lincoln Erickson had a no-hitter in the second game.

“My pitchers were striking out a lot of batters,” said Shawn Ruppert, Pine River coach. “And now our batting is starting to come around. We still had some baserunning mistakes. The second game was closer than it should have been for a long time because of baserunning.”

Devin Ruppert went six innings and struck out 11 batters while allowing no runs on two hits. Derek Waldfogel had two singles while Garrett Long had an RBI and Brandon Hoaglund added one hit and two RBIs. Grant Gugle added a double.

Erickson, in throwing a no-hit gem, fanned 11 batters and issued one walk.

Hoaglund had a double while Skyler Nelson added a hit and RBI. Garrett Long, Derek Waldfogel and Ruppert had singles while Ruppert added an RBI. Mitch McDonald also had a hit and Joe Gingrich and Zane Kanouse added RBIs.

“We hit the ball a lot better than we have lately and we strung them together,” Nelson said.