EVART \u2014 The game played out just as Shawn Ruppert had envisioned. Unfortunately, the Pine River baseball coach and his team ended up on the short end of a 2-1 regional semifinal loss to Shelby on Saturday, ending the Bucks\u2019 season at 23-10. Newaygo defeated Shelby in the final, 5-3. Ruppert expected runs to be hard to come by, with both Pine River and Shelby boasting solid pitching and defense. The Bucks simply didn\u2019t produce enough runs on Saturday. \u201c(Starting pitcher) Lincoln (Erickson) did a nice job, I can\u2019t fault him,\u201d he said. \u201cI thought we should have scored more runs. We left a couple of runners on ... you\u2019ve just got to find a way to score.\u201d Pine River\u2019s Grant Gugle said he thought the lineup was making contact, it just couldn\u2019t string together consecutive hits. \u201cWe were hitting it, we just hit it right to them almost every single time,\u201d he said. With the game remaining scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, Pine River took the lead, courtesy of an RBI double to right-center by Zane Kanouse to make it 1-0. The following inning, the Bucks had some trouble in the field, resulting in a pair of costly errors that allowed Shelby to take its first lead of the game at 2-1. Shelby\u2019s Spencer Peters ripped a double to tie the game at 1-1. With a runner on third and two outs in the inning, Shelby laid down a bunt that Erickson picked up and fired to first, striking the runner in the back while Kyle McGrew scored for the Tigers. The runner was called safe, although Ruppert believed he was in the baseline, which would have been considered an out. The umpiring crew determined the Shelby player was outside of the line, calling him safe. \u201cI thought he was inside the line,\u201d Ruppert said. \u201cThey said he was outside. But you\u2019ve got to make a better throw than that (to first).\u201d Ruppert said the errors in the sixth inning were frustrating after his team had been nearly flawless throughout the postseason defensively. \u201cI thought in the sixth inning we weren\u2019t ready on a couple of plays,\u201d he said. \u201cI don\u2019t know why, but I thought that inning we just weren\u2019t ready. We made two errors, they were in the same inning, and it cost us.\u201d Pine River had a chance to tie the game up in the bottom half of the sixth following a triple by Derrick Waldfogel with one out. Devin Ruppert then hit a grounder that got Waldfogel caught in a rundown between third and home that killed the Bucks\u2019 rally. It was a frustrating way to end the season, Gugle said, but not discouraging when considering the future of the program. \u201cWe\u2019ve got our two best pitchers coming back,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re going to be better, bigger and faster next year. We\u2019ll work on that throughout summer baseball and be ready to go at it next year.\u201d Erickson took the loss for the Bucks. He gave up just two hits, two walks and no earned runs while striking out 11 batters. The Bucks managed just three hits, led by Kanouse with an RBI double. Waldfogel added a triple while Gugle contributed a hit.