Pine River baseball sweeps Reed City to stay undefeated

BUCKS: Pine River’s Grant Ruppert throws a pitch against Reed City Tuesday in Leroy. The Bucks stay undefeated after sweeping the Coyotes 11-1, 13-4. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BUCKS: Pine River’s Grant Ruppert throws a pitch against Reed City Tuesday in Leroy. The Bucks stay undefeated after sweeping the Coyotes 11-1, 13-4. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Bucks win 11-1, 13-4 over Coyotes, stay undefeated at 15-0

LEROY — Pine River’s baseball team is now perfect through its first 15 games.

The Bucks improved to 15-0 with 11-1 and 13-4 wins over Reed City Thursday in nonleague baseball action.

Pine Rivers’ Mitchell McDonald went five innings in the first game for the win, allowing one run on three hits, striking out eight.

Mason Powell had three hits, including a triple and RBI. Lucas Harris had two hits, including a double and two RBIs, while Marcus Washington and Tyler Wing both had a single and RBI.

The Bucks fired out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning of Game 2. Grant Ruppert pitched the first six innings, taking the win. He allowed four earned runs and nine hits, plus two walks while fanning three batters.

McDonald had three hits, including a double and three RBIs. Washington had two hits and two RBIs. Ruppert had two hits and an RBI. Dylan Loop added two hits. Nick Shimel had a single and RBI.

“I was happy with all the guys that got in,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “They did a nice job and made some nice defensive plays. Grant did a nice job starting the second game. He hasn’t pitched much. It was nice to see him pitch well.”

For Reed City, Hunter Morrison took the loss in the first game and Trevor Thiel was the losing pitcher in the second.

Ray Phenix had four hits in the second game, while Alex Brummel, Gabe Miller and Logan Straub had two apiece.

“Pine River’s a good team,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. ‘Our biggest thing now is we have the mentality to think we’ll lose before we get to any field. It’s taken some young blood, some freshmen to come up to change that attitude. We’ll probably have a young team the rest of the year to change that attitude.”

Reed City fell to 2-11.

“We lack leadership,” Shaffer said. “We need to find somebody to do that for us.”

Pine River has its home invitational on Saturday, while Reed City is at the Sanford Meridian tournament.

Big Rapids baseball sweeps Montabella

BIG RAPIDS — The Cardinals beat the Mustangs 4-1, 3-2 Thursday to improve to 4-9.

Maverick Steffis pitched a complete game in the opener, striking out 12.

In Game 2, Steffis had a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dakota Sanders was 1 for 3.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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