Pine River junior looking forward to football season
LEROY - Ben Lockhart is looking forward to his junior sports season coming up at Pine River.
But he had anticipated a profitable spring season for the Bucks as a sophomore.
The season was canceled because of COVID-19.
As a freshman he had played both JV and varsity. He's been a catcher and third baseman.
"I was trying to get better at first base too," Lockhart said.
His arm is a strength at third base. He was trying to improve in gloving throws in his direction at third base.
Next season, he's looking to play catcher for the Bucks.
"I feel I can throw pretty well," he said.
At the plate, Lockhart was hoping to hit .300. He did some designated hitter last year. It was a challenge in 2019, he said, going back and forth between JV and varsity and facing a variety of pitching.
"It's usually the offspeed stuff that gets me," he said.
If there had been a spring baseball season, "I think we would have done fairly well," Lockhart said. "We had two foreign exchange students who were good. We had some good seniors and juniors."
Lockhart is looking forward to football and his first varsity season.
"Usually I focus on football, lifting and all that type of stuff; it's my favorite sport," he said.
Lockhart and his teammates got the word on April 3 the spring sports season would be canceled.
"I was shocked, because I was expecting them to just postpone it," he said.
Pine River has been having football workouts without contact. Lockhart is a lineman for the Bucks.
"We had one camp that was for linemen, a very huge camp, we were super excited about in Illinois (in June), and excited about going," Lockhart said. "But it got canceled."