LEROY – Bekah Dean’s career ended on a high note for Pine River’s softball team

The Bucks lost in the pre-district and Dean’s summer started a little sooner than she had hoped. Late in the year, a major highlight was sweeping arch-rival Evart in a Highland Conference doubleheader.

“The season was a little rocky at first,” Dean recalled. “We lost a lot of games because of the rain and weather. We’ve been improving so much.”

Dean was a four-year varsity senior for the softball team.

“My junior year was probably my best,” she said. “At first, I was at first base, then they moved to catcher a couple of weeks into the season. I played a couple of games at catcher last year. I like catching because you’re involved in every play. I love throwing down to second. It’s a lot more physically demanding.”

Dean had a strong hitting season.

“At the middle of the season, I struggled a little bit, but it’s coming back,” she said.

It was the Bucks’ first season under Mike Nelson.