Former Pine River player looks ahead with Davenport program


LEROY —  Cayman Gatt has one college softball season under her belt and is hoping to enjoy even more success in upcoming years.

Gatt, the former Pine River standout, is focusing in on her sophomore season at Davenport.

As a freshman on the junior varsity team, Gatt played shortstop for Davenport.

“It went good,” she said. “I liked it a lot. We went down to spring training to Florida.”

One of the highlights during her rookie season came when she had three hits in the Panthers’ 7-2 JV softball win over Grand Rapids Community College on April 7. She also had two hits in Davenport’s 4-2 Game 2 victory.

Gatt, like all college softball players in Michigan, had to endure poor spring weather.

“We still played all of our games,” she said. “We had to reschedule. Sometimes we had to play four days a week. It was cold, that’s for sure.”

Gatt, a multi-sport athlete at Pine River, was able to enjoy the college sports scene.

“I like the difference between high school and college sports,” she said. “College was faster paced. It took a couple of weeks (for the transition).”

Gatt is looking ahead with optimism, playing for a Davenport program that was 38-13 this past spring and 16-2 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

In previous seasons, Gatt was a key player for the Pine River Bucks who had successful drives to district titles, including when she was a senior for the 2013 season.

“Cayman was the leader of the infield as our only true shortstop, and she also brought tremendous speed to our JV team this past year,” Davenport coach Cirina Jones said. “Cayman is also a committed and well-rounded student athlete and a great representation of Davenport softball.”

The tournament championship the Panthers secured this spring is the third in school history for Davenport which also did it in 2011 and 2013. It was the second straight season that DU has come out of the loser’s bracket to win. They beat Cornerstone in the championship series this year.