Pine River softball sweeps Bellaire

Pine River’s Emma Whitley bunts the ball against Bellaire. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

LEROY — Pine River coach Mike Nelson likes the progress his softball team has been making.

The Bucks swept Bellaire 9-3 and 11-4 in nonleague action on Wednesday.

Mackenzie Denton was the winning pitcher in the first game. KayLee Goodman and Maddie Martin were leading hitters.

In the second game, Goodman had a two-run homer and another hit. Erica Treiber had two hits.

Emma Whitley was the winning pitcher, striking out four and allowing four hits

“We continue to improve and get better,” Nelson said.

Whitley has been a steady pitcher for the Bucks (7-11) this season as only a freshman. She had some key hits on offense in the second game and also kept Bellaire in check in the later stages of the game.

“Her strengths include good work ethic and hitting,” Nelson said.

But Whitley said he has gained in confidence with her hitting and is hoping the Bucks will be playing their best softball in upcoming weeks. Pine River is hosting the districts and plays in a predistrict game on May 29.

Pine River also played a league twinbill at Beal City on Tuesday and lost 7-1 and 12-0.

“You have to remember Beal City has only lost one game so far,” Nelson said.

Denton was the losing pitcher in the first game, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out two. Bekah Dean and Taylor Hill had two hits apiece.

Hill and Whitley had the only hits in the 12-0 loss to Beal City. Whitley was the losing pitcher.

Pine River track

LEROY — The Pine River track team was at Manton on Tuesday, along with Beal City. On the boys’ side. Pine River beat Manton 97-61 and lost to Beal City 115-48. For the girls, Pine River lost to Beal City 90-70 and to Manton 87-76.

Junior Elijah Lewis took first in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump. Sophomore Garrett Dykhouse was third in the 100 and fourth in the 200.

For the girls, Payton Fulmerhouser took first in the 800, third in the 1,600, and was a leg on the first-place 3.200 relay along with Selma Barnett, Rebecca Horan and Grace Beebe. Barnett took second in the 1,600, while Horan was second in the 800. Ally Bannon took first in the high jump at five feet.

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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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