Bucks baseball wins twinbill over Eagles

Pine River’s Hunter Poe fires to the plate against Bellaire. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

LEROY — Pine River’s baseball team swept Bellaire on Wednesday in nonleague action.

But to say the two games were exact opposites would be an understatement.

The Bucks cruised to a 4-2 win in three innings in the first game. But they had to rally in the late innings of the nightcap for a 7-4 win in six innings.

Lane Ruppert had two hits and five RBIs, Tanner Shimel had a double and RBI and Andrew Park had two doubles and one RBI.

Park was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run and striking out two batters.

“It went pretty well, but pitching is one of the areas where I need more work,” Park said.

Hunter Poe was the winning pitcher of the second game. Shimel had two hits and one RBI. Dustin Marks had two hits.

“The first game Bellaire didn’t play well defensively and gave us a lot of runs,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “The second game, they played better and we had to earn it. We didn’t start off that strong. We started to come around.

“We didn’t play bad, we just didn’t play great the second game.”

The Bucks are getting close to playoff time with predistricts set for May 29 at their place.

“Our pitchers have to throw more strikes,” Ruppert said. “We’re walking the leadoff guy way too much.”

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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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