LEROY\u00a0\u2014\u00a0Mason Powell ended one busy sports season and has already started another. Powell and the Bucks baseball team ended the spring on June 6 at Newaygo with a 6-3 loss to Muskegon Oakridge. Last month, Powell was with the Pine River summer baseball team on a Friday in a home game, then was playing with the basketball squad the next day during a Ferris basketball camp. He and his teammates were hoping for a longer baseball postseason. The Bucks enjoyed a 32-4 record. \u201cWe\u2019re both good teams,\u201d Powell said. \u201cThey executed when they needed to and we didn\u2019t. They hit the ball and we didn\u2019t. It\u2019s hard to beat a team that way.\u201d The Bucks struggled early in the season on offense and relied a lot on pitching and defense. But Powell recalls the hitting eventually improved. \u201cWe hit very well during our district,\u201d Powell said. \u201cWe hit a slump (in regionals). When your head gets down, it\u2019s hard to get get out of the hole.\u201d It was still a memorable season for Powell, a sophomore. \u201cWinning the district and being with friends\u201d were among the highlights,\u201d he recalled. \u201cOur pitching was good,\u201d Powell said. \u201cWe had good leadership from our seniors.\u201d Powell will be among the top players returning next season. He played outfield and occasionally saw infield action. \u201cI thought I had an OK season, obviously not where I wanted it to be,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s hard to be where you want to be all the time. It gives you something to strive for.\u201d The Bucks graduated a lot of seniors, but Powell is encouraged with the future. He has already seen action on the mound this summer and could be among the team\u2019s top pitchers next season. \u201cMy grade is solid when it comes to baseball,\u201d he said. \u201cIt always has been. The grade above me is good. We\u2019ll have a good group of seniors and juniors next year.\u201d Powell also will have a busy summer with football. He returns as the Bucks\u2019 starting quarterback this fall.