Park hopes to help Pine River in pitching rotation this season

Greg Park
Greg Park

LEROY  — Greg Park is among the Pine River players eager to fill some key spots for this year’s baseball team.

Park was brought up for eight games last season. He saw some pitching action and hopes to be a starting hurler this season. During the offseason, he also pitched for a team in Grand Rapids.

Graduation took away two of the Bucks top pitchers in Lincoln Erickson and Devin Ruppert. But Park is confident that he’s ready to go. He’s looking to have an effective assortment of pitches.

“My curveball is pretty fun,” he said. “My fastball is probably my best.”

Despite the weather and having to stay indoors, “I’m able to get some work in,” Park said. “It’s a little bit different not being outside.”

Park figures that if he’s not pitching, he’ll be at first or third base and has confidence in his defense.

“My hitting in the past was pretty good, but coach told me my hitting has improved a lot. I feel it’s gone pretty well,” Park said. “Stay back and keep my weight back. I get out on my front foot too much.”

The Bucks were scheduled to play at Vestaburg last week, but that game was canceled because of the weather. This is spring break week and the next scheduled game is April 8 at Manistee Catholic Central. The first home game is scheduled for April 11. All of those dates are contingent upon weather and field conditions.

“I think we’ll be decent,” Park said. “We have a lot of talent. We have a lot of speed. Our defense and hitting are probably equally matched.”

The Bucks were state quarterfinalists last season and Park would like to think expectations are high again.