Moore finishes strong junior season for Bucks

LEROY — Pine River didn’t get the regional championship that the Bucks wanted. But they definitely developed players, including junior Tony Moore, to continue with the winning baseball tradition for the Bucks. Pine River’s season ended with a 2-1 loss to Morley Stanwood in the regional semifinals earliert his month. It was Moore’s first varsity season and the Bucks usually used him in left field. Late in the season, Moore’s bat was coming alive.

“It’s better than at the beginning of the year,” Moore said. “It’s (been from) more and more practice.”

He came up from the junior varsity last season and Moore admits that it took awhile to adjust to the varsity style of pitching.

“They’re faster and they (make) better pitches,” he said. “I had to be more patient.”

In left field, “I’ve been playing well this year,” Moore said, adding that the key has been “reading the ball when it comes off the bat. And I can get a jump off it.”

The Bucks ended the season with only six losses. Getting the bats going midway in the season was a key turnaround for the squad, Moore said.

“Making plays in the field,” was also key, Moore said. Playing in warmer weather, after a cold spring, didn’t hurt either.

“We have to stop from making a couple lot of errors,” he said.

Moore, also a wrestler, will be returning next season to the baseball diamond, and will be among the key contributors for the Bucks.