Park ends fabulous career

Andrew Park
Andrew Park

LEROY — Andrew Park ended his sports career at Pine River earlier this month on a very impressive note.

Park’s best sport at Pine River may have been wrestling but he also had a strong season on the ball diamond as a senior.

Park, a senior catcher, scored 43 runs, and had 35 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 40 RBIs, 7 walks, 11 strikeouts, 21 steals, and a .398 average.

“He had an excellent final three weeks behind the plate throwing out all but a few attempted stealers.” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “He was our No. 3 hitter all season.”

He’s played third base and catcher. But being behind the plate has been Park’s best position.

“I have a pretty good arm,” he said during the season. “My glove could use some work.”

He’s also done some pitching.

“It’s one of my areas where I could use more work,” he said.

Pine River didn’t win the conference, but played in the same league as state champion Beal City. We can be competitive.”

Reed City overpowered the Bucks in the districts but they still won more than 20 games.