Pine River uses sacrifice flies to defeat Morley Stanwood
MORLEY — It was a game in which offenses had to be creative to score runs.
Pine River’s offense only generated four hits Thursday night, but the Bucks manufactured enough runs for a 3-2 nonleague victory over Morley Stanwood.
Sacrifice flies by Lucas Harris, Mitchell McDonald and Mason Powell lifted the Bucks, who improved to 25-3. The Mohawks, who had the winning and tying runs on base in the bottom of the seventh, fell to 22-7.
Mitchell McDonald pitched five scoreless innings for the Bucks, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out one.
“I thought it was good baseball,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We didn’t hit the ball that well and they didn’t hit the ball that well.”
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, Mohawk senior Chase Huntey was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Tyler Wing.
The Bucks loaded the bases the top of the sixth and Powell and McDonald followed with sacrifice flies for the 2-0 lead. The Mohawks scored in the sixth. Huntey singled, went to second on an error and scored on a single by his brother, Nic Huntey. But reliever Tony Moore got the third out with two runners on base.
Lucas Harris added what would be a key sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh for a two-run lead.
“They did a nice job of advancing and scoring the runners,” Morley Stanwood coach Josh Bull said.
The Mohawks loaded the bases with two outs and Moore issued a walk to Mike Carey for Morley Stanwood’s second run. Greg Park came in and retired Nic Huntey on a called third strike.
“The bases were loaded and we had our cleanup hitter up,” Bull said. “Mr. Park made an excellent third-strike pitch. That’s what it was.”
McDonald has pitched eight games this season.
“(Morley Stanwood’s) a good team, they always have a solid lineup,” McDonald said. “I didn’t have as many strikeouts. But to give up no runs is a good thing, that’s fun.”
McDonald was sporting a shiner on his right eye following a recent mishap from a throw during batting practice.
“It knocked me back with a bloody nose,” he said. “It swelled up, but I pitched that night (against Marion). I was OK.”
Lucas Elenbaas pitched the first four innings for the Mohawks, allowing no runs, no walks and one hit. Dayne Edgerly pitched the next two and allowed two runs. Riley Burhans allowed the third run in the seventh.
“We need to hit the ball more,” McDonald said. “But we’ve been playing really good. Our record speaks to how we’re playing. I don’t know how many wins we’ve got but it’s a lot. A big goal is to always have a good postseason.”