Pine River senior set to make key contributions for Bucks

Alexis Stokely
Alexis Stokely

LEROY — Alexis Stokely enters her senior year as a Pine River first baseman, and the Bucks will be looking for key contributions from one of their most experienced players.

She’s been at first base for several years.

“I started there and liked it a lot,” she said. “Then I started pitching for awhile.”

This is Stokely’s third varsity season.

“Winning districts last year against McBain at home was probably the best memory I had,” Stokely said, while adding that winning the Bucks home invitational was also a top highlight. “I ran (during the offseason) to get ready for (this) season.”

The Bucks are on spring break this week and their first three weeks of practice were mainly relegated to indoors because of the weather. Practices resume next week.

“We’re young, but I think we can play like a veteran team,” Stokely said. “We have a lot of talent. It just needs to be brought out.”

Hitting has been a weakness in the past, Stokely admitted.

“This year, I hope I can work hard to do my job and help my team,” she said.

In the Highland, Stokely expects Beal City and McBain to be among  the toughest teams on the schedule.

Games were scheduled for March 26 at Vestaburg but were canceled. Upcoming games set are at Manistee Catholic Central April 8 and home April 11 with Manistee. Obviously, the status of each one depends on weather and field conditions.