Busy summer for Bengry

EVART — It’s a busy summer for many three-sport high school athletes, even though school is not in session.

A perfect example is Evart’s Chelsea Bengry, who will be a senior for the 2011-12 school year. Bengry has been a varsity volleyball player in the fall, basketball in the winter and in the spring. She’s doing all three this summer.

For basketball, Bengry said the players are practicing in preparation for games at Morey Courts near Mount Pleasant.

“Monday (June 20), we have the Ferris State shootout and then we’re pretty much done for the summer except for individual skill development and skill work,” Bengry said, adding that at Ferris, “we play four or five games and then there’s a tournament at the end.”

As it turned out, Evart was not able to attend the Ferris camp.

For volleyball, there will be a camp at Evart in late July.

Right now, Bengry is working with the summer softball team, with her dad, Gary Bengry, an assistant coach. The Wildcats are playing on Mondays including July 11, July 18 and July 25 in the Monday LAT League.

It’s an important summer for Bengry who didn’t do too much pitching in the spring season for Evart since seniors like Rebekah Wirkutis and Chelsea Kruse were available. But Bengry is anticipating seeing more mound action in 2012 and wants to use the summer to get into the groove in the pitching circle.

“I’m pitching there and pitching at home and every other chance possible,” she said.

In LAT league action Monday, June 20, at home, Evart swept Lake City 10-4 and 10-2. The first game went six innings and the second game went four innings.

Bengry was the winning pitcher of the first game.

Hitting leaders throughout the night for the Wildcats were Bengry, Dana Casey, Magdalen Hyde and Elizabeth Naranjo.

“We hit OK,” said Gary Bengry. “We played pretty good defense. We hit when we needed to.”

As a pitcher, Chelsea Bengry said she’s working on her speed. As a junior, Bengry played first base for the Wildcats. She admitted that her batting average needs to improve, which is another reason why she’s putting plenty of stock in summer ball.

“I think confidence is my biggest problem,” Bengry said.

Evart finished third in the Highland Conference in the spring.

“We lost some key players with our pitchers, catchers, third baseman and center fielder,” Bengry said. “But we’re still going to have girls that want to play. We’ll be able to work hard.”

Mondays are important for the Evart summer softball team considering most of the girls will be playing for the 2012 Wildcats next spring.

“It’s for us to remember what the game feels like and to work on fundamentals,” Bengry said.