Nelson set to give Bucks strong season from center field spot

LEROY — Kassy Nelson and her Pine River softball teammates are taking advantage of their opportunities to get outdoors and have some valuable game action under their belts.

The Bucks entered this week at 2-2. They play Thursday at Reed City.

Nelson, a junior center fielder, got off to a slow start in the preseason while nursing a sore wrist, but appears ready to contribute heavily to the team’s fortunes this season.

Last week was the first time the Bucks were able to get outside. They had previously been indoors, although Nelson’s time for preseason practice was limited.

“My wrist has been having problems for three years so we’re trying to figure out what’s going on,” Nelson said, noting that while she was able to get around it during basketball season, “I had to take Tylenol before every game so I could actually shoot the ball.

“I’ve been to the doctor like a zillion times. We’re trying to figure out exactly what’s going on.”

Nelson was a key performer for last season’s Pine River softball team that won a district title.

“I thought we had an enjoyable season,” Nelson said. “It was fun. We all got along, we’re really good friends. We played with each other, pretty much the same girls, for volleyball, basketball and softball. We definitely knew each other very well. It was a fun season.”

This season, “we have a couple of returners, but we’re pretty young,” Nelson said. “We have some sophomores that move up.”

Nelson had a strong season at the plate in 2013.

“It was a big improvement from my freshman year,” she said. “I hope we have a great season and learned to play well together and just have fun.”

Beal City and McBain are usually the top Highland Conference teams the Bucks will face.