Reed City hands Alumni softball team first loss

BRISTOL — Reed City’s summer Local Area Teams League softball squad handed the Reed City-Pine River Alumni team its first loss of the season in a doubleheader on Wednesday at Bristol Fields.

The Alumni won the first game 11-2. Reed City took the nightcap 4-2.

In the opener, Sidni Rushford took the pitching loss. She allowed 11 runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking one.

Alyssa Olds and Devin Willard had two hits each for Reed City.  Rushford had one hit.

Jules Griffin was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking one.

Ally Yarger, Griffin Lindsey Nelson, Brittany Cassidy, Taylor Steig and Brook Sebastiano were leading hitters for the Alumni.

In the second game, Rushford took the win, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out one and walking none. Kamryn Myers had three hits for Reed City. Olds and Abby Morgan had one hit apiece.

Rachel Ruppert was the losing pitcher, allowing four runs on five hits, striking out nine and walking three. Steig, Lindsey Nelson Brittany Yarger and Tiffany Williams had one hit apiece.

“It’s exciting because there’s a lot of history there with that Alumni team,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “They were undefeated going into tonight. The first game, they beat us good. The second game, my girls really focused and gave them their first loss.

Pine River 13, Marion 0

Pine River’s softball team blanked Marion 13-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday at Bristol Fields. Alexis Bennett threw a five-inning no-hitter and struck out every hitter she faced against her former high school team. The Bucks had a nine-run third inning.

For Pine River, Bennett had a double, walk and RBI. Ally Stokely scored two runs and had two RBI. Madison Marks had a single and one RBI.

Bekah Dean and Mackenzie Denton both added a single.

“Alexis Bennett’s no-hitter and fanning all 15 batters in Game 1 shows just what she is capable of,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “I’m happy to see her hard work paying off.”

Marion won the second game 7-6. The Eagles rallied for four runs the bottom of the sixth inning to take the victory. Dean and Maddie Martin had two hits apiece for Pine River, which also had a hit and three RBI from Bennett. Dean took the pitching loss in relief.

Games will not be played next week. The final LAT League games are on July 27. Pine River plays Cadillac at the Bristol Fields. Reed City plays at Tri County.