LEROY — Miranda Nelson enjoyed numerous successes when she was a pitcher for the Pine River Bucks.

She and other former Pine River and Reed City players are reliving those memories as players for the alumni team in the Local Area Teams League at Bristol Fields.

The team has started out 8-0 and Nelson, a pitcher, has played no small role in that achievement.

Nelson works at a hair salon in Cadillac. She played three years of varsity softball at Pine River and earned all state honors. She graduated in 2011, and admits this is the first time she’s played since ending her Pine River career.

“It’s been hard,” she said. “It’s hard getting back into it.”

Nelson indicated getting back into pitching has been more challenging than adjusting to hitting. She hasn’t been doing any pitching until Pine River coach Laura Mumby contacted some former players to get an alumni team for the LAT league. Nelson has been focusing more on simply throwing strikes

“I’m still trying to hit my corners,” Nelson said. “I’m hitting the ball OK, nothing great.”

But when it comes to running the bases, Nelson smiles and says, “that’s where I struggle.”

LAT league continues through the end of July.

The Alumni team “is the team to beat,” Mumby said. “It’s exciting. They have different girls all the time. You see a lot of parents you haven’t seen in awhile. They’re just excited to be here. It’s pretty neat.”