Pine River wins Mohawk Classic
MORLEY — Pine River’s pitching and defense was enough to post two shutouts to win the Mohawk Classic on Saturday at Morley Stanwood.
The Bucks (7-1) won the first game 6-0 over Morley Stanwood in seven innings and they took the second game 10-0 in five innings over White Cloud. Hunter Poe pitched all seven innings in the first games, striking out nine and allowing only one hit and three walks.
Luke Hill had three hits and an RBI. Jordan Koetje had two hits and an RBI. Poe, Lane Ruppert and Jacob Johnson also had hits.
Hill was the winning pitcher in the second game and allowed three hits and one walk. Tanner Shimel had two hits and two RBIs. Hill had two hits and an RBI.
“Our pitchers did a good job of pounding the strike zone,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “For the most part, our defense was pretty solid, especially the way the wind was blowing. Hitting-wise, we had some good swings today, better than last Wednesday. We worked hard on hitting the past two days.”
Meanwhile, Pine River needed only seven innings to outscore Crossroads Charter Academy 41-2 in a doubleheader baseball sweep on April 2 to open the season for both teams
It was 18-0 after four innings in the first game and 23-2 after three innings in the second game.
Hill threw a four-inning no hitter in the opener for Pine River. Shimel had two hits and two RBIs for the Bucks while Lane Ruppert had a home run and three RBIs, Jordan Koetje had a single and two RBIs, Johnson and Chris Green had two hits apiece. Hill added a double and Cole had a triple.
Poe went two innings on the mound in the second game and took the win. Ruppert had four hits with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs. Shimel had a double and two RBIs. Hill had two hits including a double and two RBIs. Johnson had a double and RBI.
“For the first time out, our pitchers did well,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “It was the first time for our pitchers to have a chance to be on the mound and for our batters to see some pitching and for the fielder to see live baseballs out there. It was good to be outside.”
Hunter Walsh and Ryan Haner provided some offense for Crossroads.