LEROY — Jenna Johnson is among the experienced players the Pine River softball team is counting upon for a strong spring season.

Johnson and the Bucks have started out the season 1-3. They play at Manistee on Wednesday and are at home with Mesick on Monday.

Last spring was Johnson’s first full season on the varsity.

“It was all right,” she said. “I just need some more improvement.”

Johnson has moved from shortstop to catcher.

“My comfort zone was in shortstop,” she said. “I adjusted to catcher quickly. I just need to focus on every pitch, and think ahead.”

Johnson indicated her arm is a strength as a catcher.

“I think the chemistry between the catcher and pitcher is going very well this year,” she said. 

Johnson estimates her batting average was around .300 last year and she hopes to improve those numbers.

“I’ve been practicing in the cage a lot,” Johnson said. “She and many of her teammates were active during the summer softball season.”

Pine River opens Highland Conference play April 24. The Pine River tournament is May 2.

“I feel we can go far,” Johnson said. “We’ve known each other for a long time.”

Beal City and Manton should be among the team’s top Highland opponents, Johnson indicated.