Pine River softball freshman will have to wait for next spring
LEROY -- Alivia Martin was all set to be a key infielder for Pine River's softball team this spring.
Coach Mike Nelson was excited to have her on the roster. Martin, Amanda Hill and Madi Sparks were three key freshmen for the Bucks.
"Our coaching staff was impressed with the performance of these three freshmen," Nelson said. "We were looking forward to having them on the varsity team."
But the season was canceled because of the coronavirus issue.
Martin has played softball since she was 6 years old in the LeRoy Area Softball Association. She's been a second baseman.
"This season, probably would have started off in the outfield," she said. "I have a pretty good arm."
At the plate, Martin wasn't quite sure what 2020 had in store for her.
"You have to be able to hit off the fast pitching," she said. "I just go for contact."
Martin anticipated playing for a young Pine River team.
"We would have been pretty young," she said. "We only had two seniors."
Martin also plays volleyball, which she said is her best sport.
Martin is getting ready for summer and is planning on softball if it's allowable and available. A local group is forming so Pine River softball can play on its own. One option is the local Area Teams League being organized by Roger Steig of Reed City. This way, the girls will be able to get a summer of softball under their belts, and the possibility of being in a traveling teams tournament, her mother, Jennifer, said.