EROY \u2013 Austin Dean is a pitcher and catcher for Pine River\u2019s baseball team, who has been getting the job done in a major way for the Bucks this spring. There was no varsity season last year, but Dean figures if there was, he would have been on the varsity team. This season, \u201cwe\u2019ve been having a lot of fun,\u201d Dean said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been struggling a few games but started the season off pretty good. We have a great group of guys and it\u2019s been a lot fun. We started off inside during the spring a little bit last year.\u201d But then the season was canceled because of COVID and Dean and his friends weren\u2019t able to get in too much baseball time. It\u2019s been a fun spring right now, however. At catcher, Dean has felt comfortable in his ability to call pitches. As for his arm, in terms of throwing runners out, \u201cit\u2019s all right,\u201d Dean said. \u201cI can get it down there pretty good.\u201d Dean has been able to show his defensive skills in blocking wild pitches and keeping them in front of him. \u201cThat was one my weaknesses coming into the season,\u201d he said. He\u2019s been a catcher for many years. As for hitting, \u201cI\u2019m not doing that bad,\u201d Dean said. \u201cI\u2019ve been hitting the ball a few times.\u201d His goal is to be a .300 hitter. \u201cYou have to be able to see the ball out of the pitcher\u2019s hand,\u201d he said. Dean and the Bucks are hoping for a long postseason run. \u201cWe have to go out and play baseball and do what we can do,\u201d Dean said. He also plays varsity football and basketball. \u201cI love basketball but my best sport is probably baseball,\u201d Dean said. He was quarterback for the football team. During the summer, he\u2019ll be in a of summer football and basketball camps.