Pine River catcher happy with his first season

LEROY — Alex Knapp’s junior season for the Pine River baseball team was a productive one.

Knapp, in his first varsity season, had a key role for the 26-6 Bucks. He’s been a catcher.

“I’ve been catching since Little League,” he said. “It’s always been a position I wanted to play. I play hockey, and being from goalie to catcher, you could shift over easily.”

Knapp indicated he’s had a strong season.

“I’ve had some injuries along the way,” he said. “That’s what happens when you have to catch.”

He’s comfortable with his throwing arm.

“There’s still room to improve,” said Knapp, but he indicated that he’s been able to keep runners honest.

Like all first-year players, Knapp continues to focus on improving his hitting. But he has been able to get some key hits for his team.

“You have to be patient and have baseball smarts,” he said.

Knapp was impressed with the Bucks pitching this season.

“As a whole, we’re doing pretty well,” he said. “I think the highest ERA is just over two.”

The Bucks won the districts were at the Morley Stanwood regionals this weekend. They lost 2-1 in the semifinals to Morley Stanwood. But Knapp and several other players are back next season.

“We have depth in our field and anyone can play anywhere,” he said. “We have to be smart and mature with the ball.”