Evart seniors Bengry, Hyde continue to lead the way

EVART – The final weeks of their high school athletic careers are winding down for Evart three-sport seniors Chelsea Bengry and Magdalen Hyde and both are hoping to end their respective softball seasons on a banner note.

They’ll both be playing for the Wildcats today (May 4) in the Reed City Invitational. All season, they have been playing key roles for the Wildcats.

In a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, May 1, over Marion (20-19, 9-7), for instance, Bengry had two RBIs in the first contest and an RBI single in the second game. Hyde had two hits in the first game and an RBI hit in the second game.

“It’s going slow but we’re picking it up as it goes,’” Hyde said. “Team bonding is really strong this year.”

Hyde is playing shortstop and catcher as she has in previous seasons. She played a little bit as sophomore on the varsity, but this marks her second full season.

When it comes to hitting, “I started off a little slow but now I feel stronger and more confident with myself,” she said, adding that when it comes to her favorite defensive position, “lately I’ve been liking the catching. I feel more strong and confident with myself when I’m down there and I can help more people.”

The Wildcats, Hyde noted, are striving to keep getting better.

Bengry has been pitching heavily this season.

“I did my sophomore year too,” she said. “Last year, I kind of took the year off. It took awhile to get back into game mode. We’ve been working on hitting the spots. I’ve been getting better at that over the weeks.”

Fastballs have been Bengry’s strength.

On her hitting, “we’re still working on it but it’s getting better,” she said, noting the youth that’s dominated this year’s team. “We’ve all been getting better. Every practice, our goal is to get better in some area.”

If she’s not pitching, Bengry plays shortstop or first base. She’s been splitting the pitching duties with Sam Bressler.