LEROY — Carleigh Trowbridge will be a sophomore next season for the Pine River softball team, but is making a case for being a key player next spring.

She had two hits and five RBIs recently in a Local Area Team (LAT) League doubleheader against Reed City.

The key to hitting well is no secret as far as Trowbridge is concerned.

“It’s about being relaxed,” she said. “I was pretty nervous at first. The second game I did a lot better.”

Playing during the summer has been helpful, especially in the hitting area, for a future varsity player like Trowbridge.

“During our actual season, we had a lot of fast pitchers and we had slow pitchers,” Trowbridge said. “(Summer) was a lot more fun especially since it’s a little more relaxed.”

As a freshman, Trowbridge played full-time on the junior varsity. She usually was a power hitter. Defensively, she was at first base and center field.

“I love catching flyballs,” she said, adding that her arm “most of the time is good.”

Trowbridge likes the potential of Pine River softball.

“I think it helps where that varsity and JVs are together and we know each other,” she said.