Pine River junior posting solid baseball season

LEROY — Marcus Washington is a junior who’s been playing second base or center field for the Bucks, and has been getting the job done on the varsity level.

“I’ve been having fun,” he said.

He’s been getting key hits at critical times for the Bucks. He’s made a smooth transition from JV to varsity, especially to the speed of the pitchers.

“I’ve caught on pretty quick,” he said.

Washington is hoping to end in the mid .300s.

On defense, Washington takes pride in his glove.

“I don’t have that strong of an arm,” he said.

The Bucks started out 17-0 before losing to Beal City earlier this month.

“We’ve been practicing hard,” Washington said. “The pitchers have doing a good job. We haven’t been doing a good job at batting. We’ll get better throughout the year.”

Prior to the losses against Beal City, Washington indicated that winning a game like that would take “an all-around good game, good hitting and good pitching.”

The Bucks have a lot of seniors on the team but have added depth with various underclassmen like Washington.

“Our seniors are really good this year,” Washington said.

The Bucks are home Friday against Evart.