Ruppert anxious enough to start baseball season
LEROY - Lane Ruppert has put in many football and basketball seasons for the Pine River Bucks.
He's hoping to get one more in as a member of the Pine River baseball team.
It was a wild week for Pine River athletes from March 9 to 13. Ruppert was on the boys basketball team which was getting ready to play Shelby at home on March 13 for the district title.
It was announced on Thursday by the MHSAA all championship activities would be suspended because of the coronavirus issue.
Ruppert, also a baseball player, was able to join practices for this sport which had started on March 13. But prior to his first practice, he was told it would be his last one for now.
He's a senior and it's his fourth varsity season. The 2019 campaign was a special one.
"We had a pretty good year," he said. "We had 20-plus wins so it was a good year. It was another good year for me. I batted pretty well. I was the starting pitcher for the varsity so I pitched pretty well."
His strength on the mound has been his offspeed and curveball.
"This year, I hope my strength will be the ability to play anywhere for my team in the field," he said.
The suspension of the season "was kind of disappointing," Ruppert said. "We were still in basketball in the district finals and we had a pretty good week in practice up until we got told we couldn't play. We had a good chance (of winning the basketball district title).
"We hope the MHSAA reconsiders their suspension of the sports. But now I need to look into baseball and work hard at that."
The Bucks are scheduled to play against Marion on April 6 at the Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford. But obviously, it's subject to change.