LEROY \u2014 Pine River\u2019s baseball team won\u2019t be taking this Saturday off when the Bucks play at Big Rapids in non-league action. \u201cI thought we did really well, we played some pretty good teams,\u201d said coach Shawn Ruppert, reflecting on his team\u2019s play from last week. \u201cGladwin was ranked. That doesn\u2019t mean much this time of year but they\u2019re a decent team. We split with them. Traverse City West is a good team. We saw a good pitcher and out-hit them. I was pretty happy the way we played overall. The young guys are starting to grow up. We\u2019re starting to play better. \u201cDevin (Ruppert) pitched a great game on Thursday (against Reed City) and pitched a great game on Saturday.\u201d Pine River lost to Traverse City West at Chippewa Hills on Saturday 1-0. The Titans scored the game\u2019s sonly run in the first inning. Erickson took the loss. And fanned 12 batters while scattering two hits. He and Ruppert both had doubles. Skyler Nelson also had a hit. In a second tourney on Saturday, the Bucks tied Belding 6-6 on a time-limited game. Brandon Hoaglund and Derrick Waldfogel had three hits apiece while Ruppert collected two. Hoaglund and Ruppert both had two RBI. \u201cI don\u2019t know too much about Big Rapids,\u201d Ruppert said looking ahead to this week. \u201cWe\u2019ve scrimmaged them a little bit.\u201d Pine River is 4-6-1 overall. His team\u2019s hitting is improving, Ruppert indicated. \u201cWe scored eight runs against Reed City in only six innings so that\u2019s not too bad, \u201c Ruppert said. \u201cIt\u2019s starting to come around. Some of the younger guys are getting better swings now.\u201d SOFTBALL Pine River defeated Reed City last Thursday and on Saturday competed in the Chippewa Hills Invitational. At Chippewa Hills, the Bucks lost 12-0 to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart and trailed Manton 6-1 before coming back to take a 7-6 win. Jandney Mattson\u2019s triple produced two runs in the bottom of the seventh against Manton. Justin followed with a groundout and Mattson scored the winning run. \u201cWe had some really great things happen last week,\u201d said Bucks coach Laura Mumby. \u201cWe got aggressive with our bats. We had some stumbles defensively here and there. We\u2019re getting on the right track, for sure.\u201d The Bucks play at Frankenmuth on Saturday.