Pine River pitcher eyes productive season for Bucks

Amanda Hill will be a key player for PR softball

Amanda Hill is looking to have another strong pitching season.

Amanda Hill is looking to have another strong pitching season.

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LEROY – Amanda Hill is expected to be a key player for a Pine River softball team looking to be extremely competitive in the Highland Conference this spring.

It’s her junior season and she was among the top pitchers for the Bucks last season in her first year of varsity.

“This year, I started travel ball with the (Mount Pleasant) Drillers,” Hill said. 

She’s hoping to use her strengths as a pitcher to be among the area’s top ptichers.

“I’m pretty strong in hitting my spots,” Hill said. “I’ve definitely improved on doing that more.”

Hill also feels comfortable in having coming up with an assortment of pitches. 

“I haven’t worked on that too much this year but I have lot of that from last  year,” she said.

Coach Mike Nelson expects Hill to be among his top hitters this season. She batted .315 last season.

“That’s pretty good but I definitely feel I can hit much better this year,” Hill said. “It’s  matter of focusing on the ball and making sure I’m keeping my head on it.”

If she’s not pitching, Hill will be a catcher for the Bucks.

“I have a good arm getting it down to second base,” she said.

Hill likes her team’s potential this season.

“We have a pretty good amount of returners, quite a few,” she said.

Hill also runs cross country and plays basketball for Pine River.

“There’s not a favorite among the three,” she said. “I like them all.”