Pine River hosts LAT League for another season

BUCKS PITCHER: Daria Lindquist throws a pitch for Pine River.
BUCKS PITCHER: Daria Lindquist throws a pitch for Pine River.

BRISTOL — It’s summer in Bristol, and that means another Local Area Teams (LAT) league season.

Pine River’s softball team is hosting the league again with doubleheaders at the two Bristol Fields and another site to be determined each Wednesday.

The Bucks lost two mercy-rule games to Cadillac on Wednesday at Bristol to open the season. Big Rapids and Reed City, also league members, play a twinbill in Reed City.

Teams can use players from any of the four high school grades.

Joe Mendenhall indicated Laura Mumby has resigned and won’t be coaching the Pine River team in 2018, but still set up the LAT League as she has in the past. The varsity coaching position still is open.

Mendenhall coached the junior varsity Bucks in the spring. He’ll be working with the summer team.

Emma Whitley, who will be a freshman next season, pitched the first game for the Bucks. Daria Lindquist pitched in relief and also started the second game and Riley Henry finished up.

Senior catcher Bekah Dean had a key double. Maddie Marks had the Bucks’ only hit in the second game.

“We weren’t able to get many hits off of their pitchers,” Mendenhall said.

But it’s summer ball, and Mendenhall, like other coaches, has a clear objective.

“We’re just trying to give them reps and softball time and help them know what’s coming up for next season,” he said.

Mendenhall had 11 players with the team on Wednesday and the coaches are trying to boost the numbers.

“The varsity and JV teams struggled with numbers this year,” he said. “We had 10 on the JV team and the varsity only had 11.”

Pine River is home on Wednesday against Big Rapids at Bristol Fields. After a holiday break, teams will play on July 12 and 19.