Pine River softball coach hoping season resumes
LEROY -- Pine River's softball coach Mike Nelson was able to get in one last practice on Friday inside the Pine River middle school gym prior to abiding by the MHSAA's mandate for no practices at least until April 6.
He, like other coaches, is hoping the season can resume on April 6.
The Bucks started practices on March 9 and went through the entire week before having to shut down.
"Everybody is going to be on the same playing field and we all started practice at the same time," Nelson said. "We're low on numbers. We're fighting to get a JV team together and my varsity team will be young."
As of Friday, the Bucks had 19 players and would probably need at least a few more than that.
"If everybody showed up, we'd have 20," Nelson said. "We've had 19 steady. It's not quite enough for two but too much for one. We've been inside mostly but we did outside for some outfield, practice hitting flyballs. But we haven't really been outside."
Coaches have encouraged players to work on their own during the break.
"That's one of the things that will be up to them," he said. "If they can go out and find a spot to get out and practice hitting and pitching, they need to do it. We'll have to wait it out and make the best of it when we get back. That's all we can do."
The Bucks were scheduled to play this Thursday at Grant. The next scheduled game is on April 6 against Marion at Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford. The first home game is set for April 17 at Houghton Lake in conference action.