Pine River catcher has high hopes for season

LEROY — Plenty will be expected of Pine River senior Jenna Johnson this season and the Bucks’ catcher is hoping to deliver.

She’s entering her third year and will be a catcher. As a sophomore, she played shortstop. But going to catcher on the varsity “was a big transition,” she said. “Some of the skills I had as a shortstop (transitioned) into catcher like picking up the ball, things like that.”

Johnson was happy with a .400 batting average.

“I feel like the end of the year against conference pitchers, slower pitchers, I couldn’t adjust well to the ball,” she said. “I hope to challenge myself and adjust to the speed as we get challenged by different teams.”

As a catcher, Johnson has a strong arm.

“Our pitchers will be faster this year,” Johnson said. “We have a variety of pitchers.”

The Bucks have had some games already, but still need some work, Johnson indicated.

“We’re looking good,” she said. “We cooperate with each other and communicate well. We’re all friends. We’re here to help each other. I think we can get conference, I don’t know who’s all in our district. At the rate we’re going, I think we would possibly take district.”

The Bucks were scheduled to play Lake City at home on Tuesday. They’re also scheduled to play at Orchard View on Friday and at Big Rapids on April 20.