Pine River second baseman earns all-state accolades

LEROY – The Michigan Softball Coaches Association announced its 2012 Division 3 all-state list last week and among the players honored was junior second baseman Christie Nelson of Pine River.

Nelson had a .413 batting average with six doubles and two triples plus 26 RBIs and a ..922 fielding average.

This marked her third year on the varsity. She indicated this was her best season.

“My fielding and definitely my hitting improved a lot this year,” Nelson said. “I played a lot of summer ball and in the winter I played with indoor teams in Grand Rapids.”

Nelson has played for several years at second base.

“I've always played it since Little League and it's been the sport I like to play,” she said.

Nelson was elated with her performance at the plate.

“I hit with a lot more confidence this year and I had a lot of help with other hitters who taught me to keep my head down,” Nelson said.

Pine River won the Highland Conference at 11-0 but lost in the first round of districts.

“As a team, we did really good this year. Being conference champs was really exciting,” Nelson said. “Toward the end of the year, we fell a little bit but I think we did really good.”

Nelson is also keeping active with summer softball.

“I want to improve on my hitting even more and my fielding,” she said. “We'll have a lot of people moving around. We lost our center fielder and third baseman. We have some good people that can fill those spots. I think we'll be pretty good.”

Nelson, who also plays volleyball, said being named all-state softball fulfilled a dream.

“When I found out, I was so excited,” she said.