Goodman caps off a solid sophomore season

LEROY  — KayLee Goodman played a new position as a sophomore for Pine River this season and made a solid transition.

As a freshman, Goodman played first base. This spring, she was at shortstop.

“I like shortstop better,” she said. “You have to throw hard and get a lot of throwdowns.”

Goodman was happy with the defense she and her teammates played throughout the season.

“We did a lot better during the second game on our defense,” Goodman said, adding that the team made a lot of progress on defense.

Goodman was also satisfied with her hitting, which included slapping at the ball at times. In May she didn’t feel she was hitting like she should.

“But I think I’m getting there,” she said.

It was a year ago when Goodman was struck in her right eye by a foul drive while watching a Pine River baseball game. She’s played volleyball, basketball and softball despite losing a high amount of vision in that eye. She indicated she was not at 100 percent as a hitter.

“It has a really big impact on my hitting,” she said.

Pine River’s season ended at the district tourney on Saturday. Goodman has two years remaining. The key for success is “good defense and hitting the ball,” Goodman said.