Editor's note: Another in a series of profiles of area umpires.

TUSTIN -- Dillon Wheelock is a relative newcomer to the umpire ranks.

This is especially why he misses the chance of not having umpired this spring.

The spring season was canceled because of the coronavirus attack.

Wheelock's first season of umpiring and doing baseball and softball games was in 2019.

He estimates he worked about 30 games.

"I did more baseball than I did softball," he said. "I enjoy both equally for sure."

Jim Novar of Chippewa Hills is his assigner. The man who got Wheelock into umpiring was Jim Frizzel of Cadillac.

Wheelock was a 2014 Pine River graduate and played baseball for the Bucks as a pitcher and left fielder. It's the only sport he's officiating, for now.

"I'm thinking about getting into basketball and football but I need to learn more about the liguistics, before I get into that," Wheelock said.

A Tustin area resident, Wheelock usually drives around a 75 mile radius to games he's assigned at.

"I enjoy getting out of the house and being able to do something, helping out the community, for sure," he said, "and helping out the kids and high school. If people aren't doing this, there wouldn't be sports."

The lack of having enough officials is what motivated Frizzel to asked Wheelock about his interest in umpiring.

"There's a big shortage," Wheelock said. "They say the average umpire is 65 years old. I'll be turning 24 soon."

Wheelock was disappointed at the cancellation of the spring season.

"But I understood," he said.

Wheelock also umpires summer baseball for traveling teams' leagues at younger levels.

"You get stuff from parents but you avoid that and let it go," he said. "But that's the toughest part, dealing with the parents."