Pine River sophomore gets off to a promising start

LEROY  — Jenna Johnson has gotten off to a strong varsity start in her sophomore season with the Pine River Bucks.

Johnson has been at shortstop for the Bucks. It didn’t take her long to assert her hitting credentials. In Friday’s double-header loss to Manistee to open the season, she had three hits.

“I was a little nervous in the first game, you could obviously tell,” Johnson said. “I got into the flow at the end in the second game.”

Johnson said the key was to keep loose. It’s her first varsity season.

“Defense is a little rough at times, but we have to keep at it,” she said. “If you get in the game, you can do anything.”

Confidence is critical, Johnson said. But she’s confident of being able to cover plenty of ground at shortstop.

“We are a young team,” she said. “But I don’t feel we’re young in talent. I feel we have talent and we can bring it. We need to use our talent.”

Saturday, the Bucks came back with a sweep over Kingsley. Johnson again had a strong game at the bat. She had an RBI in the first game and added two hits in the second game.

As a first-year varsity player, Johnson said she wants to take it “one play at a time and don’t over-think it.”

Her sister, Alyssa Johnson, is also a key player for the Bucks.

The Bucks play Thursday at Reed City in non-conference action.