Park off to strong start for Pine River baseball
LEROY — Greg Park is among the many seniors the Pine River Bucks baseball team will be counting on to have a strong season.
Park and the Bucks were 3-0 coming into spring break. He had a strong pitching performance in a doubleheader sweep on April 1 over Chippewa Hlls.
“It turned out really well,” he said, adding that defensively and offensively, the team came together.
Park, who was scheduled to sign a letter of intent Tuesday to play at Muskegon Commuity College, is in his second full varsity season.
“I feel that I’ve improved a little,” he said. “I’m trying to get my control a little bit better this year. That will help me a lot.”
Park’s fastball remains his best pitch.
“When I need to throw my offspeed, I can do that too,” he said.
He also plays shortstop,third and first, and said third or short are his best spots. He feels confident with his arm and glove.
“I’m hitting all right,” he said. “I’ve been hitting the ball but sometimes it’s right at people and that’s frustrating. But it’s not too bad.”
He hopes to be in the mid-.300s.
The Bucks play at Manistee on Wednesday and are at the Cadillac tournament Saturday.
Overall, defense will be a strength, Park said.
“We just need to execute everything well,” he said, adding the games before spring break “were very valuable. We didn’t want to come back from too long of a break. We want to get as many games in as we can.”