Buc baseballers are steady as she goes

Through the first half of the 2021high school baseball season, the Riverview Pirates found themselves on a dead-even .500 pace.

The Bucs divided their initial dozen games and posted a 3-2 Huron League record in the process.

In league games, Riverview knocked off Monroe Jefferson, Flat Rock and Airport, while falling to Grosse Ile and Huron.

The team has been getting contributions from up and down it’s lineup.

Nick Wetherell was on the hill for the Bucs win over Jefferson, Gavin Holmes pitched – striking out nine – against Flat Rock and Holmes was also the winner against Airport, with just over an innings relief help from Shane McAlinden.

Wetherell, Holmes, Robbie Miller, Austin Davis and Kolby Dorn all shined at the plate in Riverview’s Huron League victories.

The Bucs have faced a wide variety of non-league foes, losing to Wyandotte Roosevelt and dividing doubleheaders with Carlson, Ann Arbor Huron and Monroe High School.

In their most recent non-league outing on May 1 at Monroe, the Bucs won the opener 3-1, but dropped the nightcap 6-3.

In the win, Miller worked into the sixth inning, striking out eight, and was the winning pitcher. Wetherell was the hitting hero with two hits and an RBI.

In the second game, the Bucs fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and could never catch up. Riverview made it 4-2 in the fourth, but Monroe put it away with a two-spot in the fifth.

Anthony Bowman knocked in two of Riverview’s three runs. 

A thrilling non-league win came earlier in the season when Riverview scored twice in its final at-bat to eage Ann Arbor Huron 5-4. Davis knocked in two runs in that game and Weatherell struck out eight in six innings.

The Bucs also stole one from Carlson, when they erased a 4-2 Marauder advantage with a four-run sixth inning and went on to win 6-4. Wetherell had two hits that day and Martin drove in a pair of runs.

After games against Milan (two) and Jefferson, Riverview is scheduled to get back in action May 10 with a return engagement with Flat Rock.

Counting the Flat Rock game, the Bucs have 10 left on the 2021 regular season schedule – six against Huron League foes and non-league battles with Detroit Edison, Lincoln Park (DH) and Allen Park.

Then it’s off to the Michigan High School Athletic Association state tournament, where the Bucs will begin in a Division 2 district at Trenton. Joining them there will be the host Trojans, Grosse Ile, Flat Rock and Jefferson.

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