Sports briefs for May 23


Evart won the first game 8-2 with Jake McKinstry taking the win. He went four innings, allowing three walks and three earned runs along with two strikeouts. Boyd got the save in the seventh.

Matt Mishler led Evart offensively with two hits and a run scored and Boyd was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Jarek VanOrder took the win in the second game. He went five innings allowing two walks and one earned run. He struck out eight.

Mishler was 2-for-2 with two runs score. Boyd had a two-run homer and another hit. McKinstry scored two runs.

  • Pine River swept Marion Friday on the road in a baseball doubleheader 9-8 and 13-4.

In the first game, Lincoln Erickson got the win. Skyler Nelson had two hits including a double. Derrek Waldfogel had two hits including a double and three RBIs. Zane Kanouse, Erickson and Devon Ruppert had singles.

Waldfogel was the winning pitcher in the second game. He allowed four earned runs on five hits and eight strikeouts plus four walks.

Nelson had three hits with a double, Waldfogel had a 3-run homer and four RBIs, Garrett Long and Lincoln Erickson both had two hits. Brandon Hoaglund was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ruppert had a single and RBI. Pine River had 13 hits. The game went five innings.

Pine River is 9-2 in the conference.

Pine River was at Glen Lake Saturday and beat Rogers City 7-2. Tyler Lewis was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out three. Long had three hits, including a double, plus an RBI. Skyler Nelson had a hit and two RBIs. Lewis and Ruppert both had a hit and RBI. Joe Gingrich had two hits.

In the title game, Pine River lost to Clare 16-1 in five innings. Nelson took the loss, giving up six runs and two earned with four hits in three innings. Nelson had two hits. Lewis and Waldfogel had one hit each.


  • Evart lost twice 13-2 and 17-0 at Manton on Friday. The second game went three innings.

Thursday, Evart is at Buckley. Next Tuesday, Evart plays at Newaygo in a predistrict game against White Cloud.

  • On Friday, Pine River beat Marion 15-0 in its first game and 8-3 in the second.

Jamie Justin and Brooke Pennington pitched in the first game and combined for a no-hitter while striking out five and walking one. Justin got the win. Erica Buchner had hits, including a double. Cayman Gatt also had a hit.

In the second game, Pennington was the winning pitcher. Kassy Nelson, Brooke Sebastiano and Justin had two hits apiece. One of Sebastiano’s hits was a homer including a triple.

The wins put Pine River at 9-0 in the Highland and within reach of the league title going into Tuesday’s game with McBain.

Saturday, the Bucks were at the Glen Lake Invitational and beat the host school 5-4. Justin got the win, allowing nine hits and no walks while striking out five. Gatt had three hits including a double. Christie Nelson had two hits with a double and three RBIs. Jandney Mattson had two hits.

Pine River lost to Rogers City 7-0. Justin took the loss, giving up seven hits and one strikeout plus three walks. Christie Nelson had two hits. Pilar Ganger, Justin and Alex Sebastiano also had hits including a double.

Pine River entered this week at 21-9. The Bucks play at Kalkaska Thursday and hosts Reed City 5 p.m. Tuesday in preseason action.


  • Reed City lost 8-0 to Fremont on the road Friday in non-league action. It was 3-0 at halftime. With 24 minutes left in the second half, Fremont had the eight-goal lead to invoke the mercy rule.

The Coyotes play at Ludington on Thursday. They have a district game next Tuesday at home against Ludington at 6 p.m.

“We saw them at their tournament which was abbreviated games and lost to them 3-0,” said Reed City coach Bryan Hall. “I suspect they’re stronger than that.”


The Reed City No. 1 team, LeBaron, won 25-5 over Cash & Carry of Big Rapids at Reed City on Tuesday. Hunter Morrison was among the pitchers, striking out three and allowing no runs. Adam Strach allowed one run. Brandon Wirth allowed three runs and fanned two. Garret Sprague gave up two runs on three hits.

Morrison had four hits. Jeffrey Phenix, Strach and Nathan Worrell had two hits each. Kent Beemer had three hits and Shawn Wineman one hit.