Pine River junior disappointed at missing baseball season
LEROY - Elijah Carper was looking forward to his junior baseball season at Pine River this spring.
This would have been his first varsity season and coach Shawn Ruppert anticipated him to be a key player for the Bucks. But the season didn't happen because of the coronavirus issue.
Carper had two solid seasons of junior varsity baseball under his belt. He played catcher, third base and designated hitter.
But if there had been a 2020 season, Carper anticipates he would have played mainly DH to focus on his hitting.
"I think I have a good swing," he said adding his bat usually contains some power. He's usually in the middle of the lineup.
Carper considers catcher to probably be his best position.
When it comes to keeping potential wild pitches or passed balls in front of him, "some times I'm decent and sometimes I'm not," Carper said. "My throw to second base isn't too bad."
Carper is also involved with football as an offensive lineman and a 189 and 215-pound wrestler.
He placed second in conference and was third in districts during this past wrestling season.
When he found out there would not be baseball, "I was shocked," Carper said. "I was upset I wouldn't be able to play."
But he has a year left of high school sports and is looking to get ready for football. His coach Terry Martin, "has a workout written up for us to do," Carper said.