Craven Bird reflects on season with Cardinals

BIG RAPIDS – Several different ballplayers contributed in many unique ways to the Big Rapids baseball team this season.

This includes Craven Bird, who had many key base hits for the Cardinals throughout the season.

One of his best twinbills was a Cardinal split against Forest Hills Eastern.

“My first at bat was a strikeout, after that I had to start picking it up,” he said. “The first game was a team win, everyone was picking each other up.”

It was Bird’s first year on the varsity and his junior season. It was a challenging transition for Bird, especially the pitching.

“You see more offspeed,” he said, “and more changeups. I’m doing all right. It took me awhile to get used to curveballs.”

A key line drive base hit against Forest Hills Eastern was especially memorable for Bird.

“You have to stayed locked in and pay attention to the pitcher, like coach says,” Bird commented.

His positions defensively have been first base and left field. First base is a favorite. His speed and glove have been assets for Bird at first.

The Cardinals were hoping to repeat as district as conference champions. They felt short but Craven hopes to help the team get back to the top next year.”

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Posted by John Raffel

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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