Four Bucks collect honors

LEROY — Pine River’s softball team enjoyed another productive season with players like Jandney Mattson, Chelsea and Miranda Nelson and Danielle Nixon leading the way.

Those four girls were named recently to the all-Highland Conference first team while another was selected to the second team.

Mattson, Chelsea and Miranda Nelson and Danielle Nixon were on the first team and Tiffany Waldfogel was on the second team.

Mattson, a sophomore, batted . 410 with an on base percentage of .482. She had a fielding average of .921, 31 singles, seven doubles and three triples, plus 28 RBIs.

“She played second base and right field for us,” said Pine River coach Laura Mumby. “She was our second highest hitter on the team and had the second most RBIs and came through with some big clutch situations offensively for us. She has some bright things ahead for us in the future.”

Chelsea Nelson, a junior infielder, batted 377 with 43 hits, 27 RBIs, six doubles and four triples, plus 17 stolen bases and a .486 on base percentage.

“She was like the surprise of the year,” Mumby said. “She came in as a first-year varsity player and was a leader vocally, picking kids up. She hit in the No. 2 spot for us and could hit for power, behind Danielle Nixon, a slap hitter, which was a good combination.”

Miranda Nelson, a senior in her third varsity season had a 23-8 record in the pitcher’s circle for Pine River with an ERA of 1.97. She struck out 167 batters and walked 96.

“It was tough on her this year with the mound moving back three more feet,” Mumby said. “But she put her nose to the grindstone and worked hard to be the person who took us on her shoulders. She was our team defensive co-MVP along with Chelsea Nelson.”

Miranda Nelson also had a .401 batting average.

Nixon, a senior centerfielder, and four-year starter, batted .424 as the leadoff hitter for Pine River with 18 RBIs and 52 runs scored. She had three doubles and one triple. She had 30 putouts defensively, six assists and only three errors in 39 fielding attempts for a .923 fielding average.

Nixon earned all-state honorable mention honors this season.

“She was our leadoff player and our offense hinged on her getting on base,” Mumby said. “If she got on, we hit well, if she didn’t we didn’t.”

Nixon was the team’s offensive MVP.

Waldfogel, a catcher, hit .359 with 27 RBIs and three home runs.

“Two of those home runs were on our field where our fence is 215 feet, and they were pokes,” Mumby said. “They were bombs. He had six doubles, four triples and three home runs and caught behind the plate. She was a wall back there. With the mound moving back, Miranda had more balls in the dirt than normal and Tiffany did a good job of picking them up and keeping the ball in front.”