Pine River freshman reflects on first varsity season

LEROY  — Pine River softball player Morgann Kanouse will cherish a special memory in mid-May when she belted a two-run home run at Evart.

It was her first career home run.

“It felt awesome,” she smiled, while asked if she knew it was gone when she hit it. “I had a feeling, I knew it.”

The Bucks were 6-17 at that stage of the season after two wins over Evart.

“We’ve been struggling so it feels really good,” Kanouse said. 

A freshman, Kanouse was able to make a smooth transition to the varsity level.

“It’s been good,” she said, adding that she was hitting the ball “pretty good. You need to keep your eyes on it and be patient.”

Kanouse has been catching for the Bucks and said the key to having success at that position is “just relaxing and if you make a mistake, don’t get too frustrated about it.”

She’s also been happy with her fielding.

“I’ve had a few errors,” Kanouse said, adding that “I’ve been struggling” with her throwing and the key for improvement is “practice, practice practice.”

Hitting “was a little bit of a struggle at first, but I’ve been hitting it pretty good,” she said, adding that the team showed “a lot” of improvement through the spring. ‘We want to keep getting wins and keep playing as a team.”

The Bucks defeated Reed City in the district semifinals before losing to McBain to end their season.