Nelson reflects on first baseball season with Bucks

LEROY — Tristen Nelson’s junior season was a solid one for Pine River’s baseball team.

It was also his first varsity season after having been on the junior varsity.

“It’s a matter of knowing the entire game left and right,” he said. “There’s a lot more errors on JV. On varsity, they’re sharper and quicker.”

Nelson has been a consistent hitter for most of the season.

“I struggled a bit ago, and me and coach kind figured it out,” he said at the Pine River Invitational “The first game, I was 4-for-4. It was a matter of everything and just relaxing.”

Nelson plays second base but also has seen action at shortstop.

“It’s a matter of fielding it clean, just watching the ball all the way into your mitt, taking your time relaxing and knowing everything about it,” Nelson said.

The Bucks had another winning season and had an 11-game winning streak. Injuries late in the year took their toll on the team.

“We’re looking solid,” Nelson said. “We were rusty in the beginning but we’re coming together as a good team.”

Pine River’s season ended with a loss to Mason County Central in the district tourney earlier this month.