Pine River pitcher enjoys memory of first home run

LEROY — Brooke Pennington acknowledged during the regular season that she wanted to keep improving on her pitching for the Pine River Bucks.

But at the plate, Pennington will have plenty of fond memories for a long time of a game in late May against Morley Stanwood.

Pennington belted her first-ever home run in the first game of a twinbill. It went straight over the centerfield fence.

“It was right in my zone, I don’t know, I felt good coming off,” Pennington said. “I wasn’t sure if it was going to go over.”

On offense, “I’m doing decent,” Pennington said, “better than I have in the past. You have to relax and be smart. I’m a pitcher, so I kind of think like that when I’m batting.”

Pitching has been a struggle at times. The Bucks issued 22 walks against Morley Stanwood in the first game of a twinbill while allowing just one hit.

Throwing strikes is critical, Pennington admitted. The Bucks were below .500 this season. But in several games, it’s been a play here or there that could have made a difference. Offensively, her team needed to get on base more, Pennington added.

“We’ve come a long way,” she said.

The Bucks had maybe their best game of the season in the district semifinals with a 10-9 win over Reed City. The Bucks lost 12-2 to McBain in the district finals.