EVART — Brooke Pennington is hoping her pitching performance this summer will lead to a bright future on the varsity level at Pine River.

Pennington pitched for Pine River’s summer LAT team Monday at Evart. She will be a sophomore next season. She pitched junior varsity for the 2011 spring. Whether or not she’ll be on the varsity or JV next spring remains to be seen, although the Bucks did graduate their No. 1 pitcher in Miranda Nelson.

“It’s really valuable,” Pennington said of summer softball. “I want to improve my speed.”

The Bucks have some strong up and coming players, Pennington indicated.

“We’ve improved a lot,” she said.

Pine River’s softball team defeated Evart in summer LAT League action on Monday.

Evart also lost to Cadillac in league action. Official scores were not kept.

For Pine River, which also used former players against Evart, Myranda McDonald delivered three hits, Emily Bongard had two hits and Courtney Hooker, Laura Mumby, Miranda Nelson, Brooke Sebastiano each had a hit.

The Pine River alums had a 5-0 win over the PR summer team. Brooke Flint, Emily Bongard and Mumby had two hits apiece. Tiphany Williams also had a hit.

“Manton had a basketball camp and couldn’t get a team around tonight,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “We just threw some kids together so we could have everyone play their games the way they’re supposed to.”

Pine River plays Monday night at Reed City.

Evart coach Josh Johnson used Sam Bressler and Chelsea Bengry as pitchers against Pine River and Cadillac Monday.

“We have lots of areas to improve on,” Johnson said. “That’s good and bad. You have a lot of young players willing to learn and are coachable. The next couple of years will probably be tough. Not having a JV program last year hurt us.”

Bressler will be a freshman next season.

“Going up against varsity talent, she hangs in there,” Johnson said.

PINE RIVER BASEBALL

The Pine River summer team played last Wednesday against Kingsley in one eight-inning game. The Bucks won 11-3 in the home game.

Grant Gugle went the first four innings for Pine River on the mound and didn’t allow a run. Skyler Nelson had three hits while Mitchell McDonald and Devin Ruppert had two hits apiece.

The Bucks play Thursday at Onekama.