Grant Ruppert giving Bucks additional depth on mound

LEROY — Grant Ruppert has been a sophomore making a major impact in Pine River’s hitting attack this season.

Ruppert has been seeing some pitching action for the Bucks who entered the week at 26-5 as district champs

He’s pitched, coming into this week, in a few games and has been happy with his performance. He usually has been at catcher, a position he’s had for a long time in the baseball ranks.

“My teammates have made (the transition to varsity) easy,” Ruppert said. “I have to give it to my teammates on that one.”

As a catcher, “I keep the ball in front of me,” he said. “That’s my strength.”

His uncle and coach, Shawn Ruppert, calls the pitches. The pitching staff “has been doing very well,” Grant Ruppert said. “We’re very versatile. A lot of different guys can pitch and play different positions.”

As a pitcher, “I try throwing strikes and curveballs,” he said. “I’m hitting the ball well.”

He’s mainly trying to make contact with the ball and get on base more so than trying to clear the fence on every swing.

The Bucks are at the Morley Stanwood regionals Saturday. Pine River won both districts and regionals last season. 

“We’ve been playing well,” Ruppert said. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing and keep our heads in the game and focus. If we do, we can win all of our games.”