SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
Glen Lake 8, Evart 0
EVART — Evart opened its baseball season Tuesday (April 16) and lost 8-0 to Maple City Glen Lake in non-league play. The game was called in the bottom of the fourth inning because of lightning.
Tre Dyer got the only hit for Evart.
“I thought we played OK,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. “I was pleased even in an 8-0 game. It’s our third day outside. Our kids hustled and worked hard.
“We put the ball in play. Glen Lake played good defense, that was it.”
Andrew Race was the starting pitcher for Evart while Jake McKinstry went the next three innings.
“Andrew had a solid first inning. He stuck out the side,” Craven said. “We put Jake in the second inning and he settled down.”
Pine River 5-13, Mason County Central 2-6
SCOTTVILLE — Pine River’s baseball team swept Mason County Central 5-2 and 13-6 in non-league action Monday night.
Skyler Nelson took the win for Pine River, going six innings and allowing two runs, neither earned, striking out eight and allowing five hits and no walks.
Hitters for the Bucks included Lincoln Erickson, Joe Gingrich and Tyler Lewis, all with a single and RBI.
Lewis was the winning pitcher in the second game, going three innings and not allowing a run, striking out four and giving up four hits.
Devin Ruppert had a double and four RBIs while Gingrich had a single and two RBI. Dillon Wheelock had a double and two RBIs and Lewis had a single and RBI.
Pine River, 2-0, is home today against McBain Northern Michigan Christian.
Maple City Glen Lake 3, Evart 0
EVART -- Evart lost to Maple City Glen Lake 3-0 in a 4 1/2 inning game cut short because of the weather last Wednesday.
Sam Bressler was the pitcher for Evart and fanned nine batters. Evart had one hit by Taylor Rushing.
“We hung in there pretty good,” said Evart coach Tracy Gray. “We had some defensive plays until it got cold and miserable. Sam impressed me. She did a great job. She held on good considering all the elements.”
Hitting is something the team needs to work on, Gray said.
Pine River first
LEROY -- Pine River had its first track meet at home Tuesday (April 16) with the following scores: Pine River 106, Marion 70, McBain NMC 55 and Shelby 23.
The sprint relays (4x100, 4x200, and 4x400) made up by Michelle Kelsey, Devyn Powell, Mariah Holmes, Valerie Holmes, Zee Moored, Erin Koetje, and Megan Hammar anchored the scoring. Other highlights included wins in the 100 by senior Zee Moored with a personal best of 13.60. Devyn Powell had a pair of wins in the long jump with a personal best and first ever jump of 15-5 and 400 in a time of 1:02.00.
Mariah Holmes also had a pair of wins in the 100 hurdles in 17.03 and the pole vault with a jump of 9-0, Cheyanna Rizor won the 3,200 in 13:00.47, Michelle Kelsey took the high jump at 4-8 and Mary Ware the discus with a throw of 90-5
“Everyone had the first meet jitters but came through with some great performances considering the weather has kept us indoors virtually the entire season so far,” said Pine River coach Richard Dietrick.
Pine River first
LEROY — Pine River’s boys track team opened its season at home by taking first place on Tuesday. Pine River had 125.5 points followed by Marion with 57, Shelby with 49.5 and McBain Northern Christian with 24.
The Bucks got first places from the 3,200 meter relay team of Ethan Whitley, Ben Riglin, Trevor Holmes and Derek Hartline in 9:32.9, Dustin Eckert in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.54 seconds, Trevor Holmes in the 1,600-meter run in 4:53.10 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:37.90; the 400-meter relay team of Cole Gingrich, Jesse Gingrich, Tyler Wing and Justin Seeman in 47.8 seconds; Jesse Gingrich in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 43.20 seconds; Whitley in the 800-meter run in 2:11.40; and the 1,600-meter relay team of Seemon, Ecker, Whitley and Cuyler Huffman in 3:58.9.
“It was our first meet of the year, finally,” said Pine River coach Eric Gebhard. “We were excited about getting out and competing. Ethan Whitley and Trevor Holmes both stepped up in the middle distances and distances.
Posting second places for the Bucks were Eugene Sturdavant in the discus with a throw of 107-4, Cason Rawson in the shot put at 34-11 3/4, Colten Rawson in the pole vault at 10-0, Riglin in the 3,200-meter run in 11;09.6, Cole Gingrich in the 200-meter dash and 100 dash in 11.90 seconds, Holmes in the 800-meter run in 2:12.40.3, Ecker in the 300 hurdle in 44.10 seconds, Riglin in the 1,600-meter run in 5;10.60; and Jesse Gingrich in the 110-meter hurdles in 17 seconds.
“Dustin stood out in the hurdles,” Gebhard said. “We expect him to do well in those and work his way to state competition.”