LEROY\u00a0\u2014 Pine River\u2019s 15-and-under baseball team is having a busy July so far. Last week, coach Brent Ruppert\u2019s team played at Benzie Central and wound up in a 5-5 tie. The game was called because of darkness. Pine River jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Benzie rallied to force a tie. \u201cWe played in a tournament (the previous) weekend, but we played a lot better (against Benzie),\u201d Ruppert said.\u00a0 Raden Holmes and Tristan Nelson threw six combined scoreless innings. \u201cI pitched a couple of different kids the last inning and they had a couple of bloop hits,\u201d Ruppert said. \u201cWe had a couple of miscues in the field. But we played a pretty clean game. I had a couple of young kids playing with me who will be middle schoolers. They played really well also. \u201cMy son Lane, who is going to be an eighth grader, led our offense with two hits. He did really well. Tristan, Raden, Mac Peterson, Matt Stone and Blaine Kamptner all had one hit each.\u201d Earlier this month, Pine River played in a tournament at Manistee and was 1-3. Frankfort won the tourney. \u201cWe were in every game,\u201d Ruppert said. \u201cThe game we won was 14-13. The games we lost, we were ahead in each game, We didn\u2019t have enough pitching to get us through it. We hit the ball well during the weekend.\u201d Grant Ruppert was 5-for 11 with eight RBIs during the tournament. Kamptner was 6-for-10 with six RBIs, and was a tournament MVP. Holmes and Peterson also hit the ball well. Maddox Hoaglund, who is from McBain, played for Pine River, and hit the ball well. He\u2019s a cousin of former Pine River standout Brandon Hoaglund. This Friday, Pine River plays at Onekama. Home games are July 17 with Manistee and July 22 with Onekama. Game time is 6:30 p.m.