Underclassmen getting job done for Pine River baseball

LEROY  — Pine River will be graduating some key seniors from this year's squad with the likes of Brady Hoaglund and Skyler Nelson.

But a young team that enters the regional with a 26-5 record certainly has some promising potential for the future. That's been demonstrated in several games this year.

Among the promising underclassmen is outfielder Brady Long, who has been a force at the plate and in the field.

With some exceptions, the Bucks seemed to play well defensively throughout the season.

“Fielding, we just need to keep doing what we're doing and not let little mistakes come back and get us and make another mistake,” he said.

Long has also been taking advantage of his strong arm to keep the base runners honest.

On hitting, the key will be turning his hips effectively, as far as Long is concerned.

“I'm pretty good at backing up every throw in the infield,” he said. “On JV, I had fun, but now it's more serious.”

Hitting has been a key for the Bucks in their solid season.

“When we have runners on, we usually hit the ball well,” he said.

Pine River won districts last Saturday and are at the Morley Stanwood regional this weekend. They won districts and regionals last season.

“We want to make it as far as we can,” Long said. “Getting past regionals is our goal.”