Former Pine River catcher contemplating his future


LEROY — Devin Ruppert has one college baseball season under his belt and is considering what his future might look like.

Ruppert, a standout with the Pine River team that went to the 2013 quarterfinals, spent this past spring at Muskegon.

“Devin is going to another school,” Muskegon Community College coach Cap Puhlman said. “I think the world of Devin. He improved dramatically during the course of the season. He wanted more of a Christian atmosphere type of school. Rather than quit, he stuck this year out which is a testament to the type of young man he is. He improved dramatically defensively.”

Ruppert was a catcher for MCC, which he also played at Pine River. He said he’s deciding about playing and/or going to school somewhere else. He played a full season at MCC.

“I won’t be going back to Muskegon,” he said. “I’ve made contact with Indiana Wesleyan and Cornerstone.”

His knowledge of the game increased, Ruppert said, in his year at MCC.

“I’m a better player now than I was out of high school,” he said. “I’m working out on my own, I’m throwing, working on caching and hitting.”

There were some key highights at MCC.

“Winning conference was a lot of fun,” Ruppert said. “Regionals, that was fun too. Time with the guys was fun.”