Sports briefs for May 30


Jamie Justin netted the win in the opener for Pine River, throwing two innings before Alexis Stokely finished the game. Alexis Sebastiano had three hits at the place while Chelsea Nelson had a triple and Kelsey Carper, Brooke Sebastiano, Cayman Gatt and Justin contributed a hit apiece.

Justin was also the winner in the nightcap, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning three.

Chelsea Nelson had two hits with a triple while Kassy Nelson had two hits. Stokely added a hit.

On Thursday at Kalkaska, Pine River ended the regular season at 25-9 overall with 17-7 and 12-1 road victories at Kalkaska. Justin was the winner in the opener, allowing two walks and three hits while fanning seven.

Cayman Gatt had four hits including a double and triple, plus five RBIs. Justin added three hits. Christie Nelson contributed two hits as did Alexis Stokely, including a double. Jandney Mattson also had two hits, including a double.

Brooke Pennington allowed four hits, walked five and fanned two in the second game while getting the win. Gatt had three hits. Justin and Mattson both had triples.

  • EVART — The Wildcats beat Lake City 14-13 in the first game of a Highland Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, May 22, but lost the second game 7-5.

Evart scored six runs in the seventh to tie the game and then scored the winning run in the eighth. Chelsea Bengry was the winning pitcher and went all the way.

Dani Gray had a double and RBI while Magdalen Hyde had three hits with a double and two singles. Bengry had a single and RBI. Sabrina McKay and Sam Bressler had singles.

Bressler took the loss in the second game. Bengry had four singles and an RBI.

On Thursday, the Wildcats swept Buckley on the road.

Evart won the first game 28-8 in five innings. Bengry took the winning. Leading hitters included Hyde with two hits and four RBIs, Bengry with three singles and four RBIs, Sabrina McKay with two doubles and four RBIs, Sam Bressler with a single and double, plus three RBIs and Katelyn Whitman with two singles and two RBIs.

Evart won the second game 14-2. Sam Bressler was the winning pitcher and fanned nine batters in five innings. Dani Gray collected two singles, Hyde provided her first over the-fence home run, plus a single, Bengry added a single, double and two RBIs and Taylor Martin had two singles and an RBI.


  • Reed City finished second in the Central State Activities Association May 22 at Lakeview. Morley Stanwood won it at 120 while Reed City was second with 92.

Reed City got first-place finishes from Eric Reed in the 200 meters (22.75), Joe Oehrli in the 800 meters (2:00.67) and the 1,600 meters (4:26.7) and Nate Kailing in the shot put (47-2.25).

Reed City’s 800-meter relay team of Eric Bradford, Reed, Eric Voelker and Michael Bradford also took first place with a time of 1:32.98. Eric and Michael Bradford, Reed and Oehrli also took first in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:30.94.


Sami Michell had a strong performance for Reed City on May 29 in the CSAA meet at Lakeview, taking four first places.

Michell won the long jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 200-meter dash in 18-1, 13.98 seconds, 44.4 seconds and 26.3 seconds.

Reed City placed fifth as a team with 40 points.


  • Reed City was fourth with a 399 in the final CSAA tournament May 22 at Cedar Chase Golf Course near Cedar Springs.

Ben Schermerhorn paced Reed City with a 95, which was a stroke better than Spencer Battle, who shot a 96. Matt Kienitz had a 103, followed by Kaleb Carmichael with a 105, Josh Hughston 113 and Kaden Phelps 121.

Schermerhorn and Kienitz earned all-CSAA honorable mention honors.


  • EVART — Evart swept Buckley 15-2 and 13-2 in non-league boys baseball action on Thursday. Andrew Race was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out six batters. At the plate, Preston Boyd had three hits and five RBIs, while Jared Wheeler, Race and John Danley had two hits apiece. Everyone on the team had a hit in the first game.

Danley was the winning pitcher in the second game. Boyd had a grand slam homer while Tyler Wirth and Devin Reagan had two RBIs each.

On Tuesday, May 22, Evart took a pair over Lake City 10-5 and 6-2. Jake McKinstry was the winning pitcher in the first game, going six innings and striking out nine batters. Preston Boyd led the offense with three hits.

Jarek VanOrder, Tyler Wirth and Jarek Wheeler each had two hits in the opener. VanOrder and Wirth also had two RBIs.

VanOrder was the winning pitcher in the nightcap, going all seven innings and striking out 13 batters. Devin Reagan led the Evart offense with three hits.

Boyd, Jared Pattee and Andrew Race collected two hits apiece.

  • LEROY — Pine River finished its Highland Conference season last week with an 11-2 record to take second in the league behind Beal City.

Pine River swept McBain 3-0 and 8-5 on May 22 at home.

In the first game, Erickson went all seven innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine. Brandon Hoaglund had a double and three RBIs.

In the second game, Derrek Waldfogel was the winning pitcher, going four innings, striking out nine and allowing three walks and three hits. Nelson had three hits with a double and RBI. Garrett Long had a double and two RBIs. Waldfogel had a single and two RBIs. Zane Kanouse had a double and RBI.

Thursday at Kalkaska, Pine River won the first game 13-0. Devin Ruppert was the winning pitcher in six innings, fanning three batters, allowing three hits and three walks. Skyler Nelson had three hits while Waldfogel had three hits and two RBIs and Hoaglund collected two hits with a triple and RBI. Joe Gingrich had three hits and three RBIs.

The Bucks won the second game 17-6. Nelson went the first four innings, fanning two batters and allowing six hits. Nelson had three hits while Garrett Long had two hits including a triple and three RBIs. Erickson had two hits with a double and two RBIs, Garrett Traynor netted two hits with a triple and three RBIs.


  • The Lake County Sportsman’s Club is sponsoring a turkey hunting contest in conjunction with the ongoing season.

Forms for the contest are available at King’s Sports Center and Ed’s Sports Shop in Baldwin. They will also be available at

“At the end of the contest we will determine the winner,” said sportsman’s club member and treasurer Greg Nichols. “The winner will be determined by spur length, bird weight and beard length. Those will be totaled up and the winner will be based on the total of the three.”

Contest rules are on the form. There will be a $100 gift certificate for first place, $50 gift certificate for second place and $25 for third place.

Hunters will be able to redeem those certificates at the following places: Ed’s Sports Shop, Kings Sports Center, Baldwin Bait & Tackle, Baldwin Orvis Shop and Ace Hardware.

It’s now the third hunting season, which ends May 31. That’s also when the contest will end.