Senior-dominated Bucks softball team eager to compete for titles

SENIORS: All-state second baseman Christie Nelson is back for Pine River. (File photo)
SENIORS: All-state second baseman Christie Nelson is back for Pine River. (File photo)

LEROY — The 2013 Pine River softball squad could potentially be a very talented one. But once the weather allows the Bucks to play a few games, they’ll be able to show what they’ve got.

Practices started March 11 but coach Laura Mumby’s team was limited on number of days getting outside.

Rainy weather this week could also hamper the Bucks’ hopes for playing some games.

A scheduled doubleheader for the girls at Morley Stanwood has been rescheduled for today (April 10), weather permitting. The Bucks are also scheduled to play Thursday at Kent City.

“It’s not ideal but the kids are making the best of it,” Mumby said in late March when her team got out in the parking lot for their first time outdoors. “The kids are just happy to finally be out.”

It should be an eventful season for many reasons, Mumby is expecting to deliver a baby around May 5.

Mumby has 13 on the roster. She has seven seniors, five juniors and a sophomore.

Starters back include seniors Jamie Justin at pitcher, Cayman Gatt at catcher and shortstop, Jandney Mattson, at third base and catcher; all-stater Christie Nelson at second base; and Alexis Sebastiano in the outfield. Also back are senior outfielders Pilar Ganger and Erica Buchner.

First baseman Alexis Stokely, a junior, is back from last year and junior Brooke Pennington, a catcher, is also returning.

Kassy Nelson is a returning sophomore.

“These kids have played together since they were five or six years ald,” Mumby said. “This is their year to do as good as they can possibly do before they graduate. I think they’re really motivated to do as good as they can all the time.”

In the Highland, Mumby expected Beal City and Manton to be strong with McBain a “sleeper.”

Her players “have done a good job staying focused while being inside,” Mumby said.