Versatile Pine River softball senior Waldfogel anxious to get season going

LEROY — When it comes to playing third base, Tiffany Waldfogel is planning on getting the job done for the Pine River Bucks.

Waldfogel is a senior and in her second season for the varsity. She played left field last season and this year will be third baseman and back-up catcher.

“Fielding will be my strength,” she said. “The throwing part and my confidence will be the toughest (challenge).”

Waldfogel batted .480 last season.

“I’ll be looking to improve a little more,” she said.

Coach Laura Mumby is hopeful of another strong season with Pine River this spring.

The Bucks are waiting for a break in the weather to be able to start the season. Pine River was scheduled to play at home against Suttons Bay on Thursday, a date not likely to be playable because of the weather. Saturday, Pine River plays at Mount Pleasant.

“We’re a pretty young team so we’re getting down situations,” Mumby said. “We’re breaking it down.”

Mumby has 12 players on the varsity.

“We’ve got three seniors, five sophomores and three juniors,” Mumby said. “Out of our five sophomores, three played varsity as freshmen. They’re returners but that doesn’t mean they’re not young.”

The Bucks are anxious to go outdoors but have gotten plenty of work done inside so far.

“We’ve had kids hitting a little bit during the winter here and there, we’re really getting things rolling now,” Mumby said. “Kids are ready to get outside and are getting excited.”

The Bucks are ranked eighth in the state in a preseason poll. They have been in the state quarterfinals the last two seasons.

Returning players besides Waldfogel include Cayman Gatt, Jandney Mattson, Danielle Nixon, Kristie Nelson, Miranda Nelson and Destinee Wells.

“We lost our first, second, short and third, so we have a lot of improvement, but we can do it,” Waldfogel said, adding that pitching will be a strength “and our outfield will have a lot of speed.”