Warriors third baseman eager to get season going

Kurstyn Fate

REMUS — Senior Kurstyn Fate and her Chippewa Hills softball team have been waiting, like many other squads, for their opportunity to overcome weather conditions and see some action.

Games scheduled for Friday with Newaygo on Friday were rescheduled for Tuesday. But with Sunday’s snowstorm, the doubleheader has been switched to April 22.

Next up is a road doubleheader at Tri County on Thursday.

Fate has been on the varsity four seasons and plays third base.

She’s been a key part of a team which has won two straight district titles.

“She will shut down the short game and provide some pop in the Warrior lineup,” Warrior coach DJ Newman said.

Fate has been an all-conference player. She indicated last season was her best.

At third base, “I’m pretty good at reacting pretty fast,” she said. “It’s usually the hot corner.”

Fate’s throws to first base have been strong.

“I’ve been working on getting my glove down,” Fate said. “I’ve always been a pretty strong hitter. I’ve batted between .300 and .400. You have to keep your head on the ball.”

Fate is also in volleyball and cheer. She participated in open gyms prior to softball season to get ready for 2019.

“Most of our starters are the same so I’m guessing this will be our strongest year,” she said. “We have a freshman pitcher this year.”

 

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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