Pine River senior ready to handle challenging pitching load

Brooke Pennington
Brooke Pennington

LEROY — Brooke Pennington is a senior for Pine River’s softball team this season and takes over the No. 1 pitching spot.

Pennington has pitched for about eight years and is in her third varsity season. She’s had experience in the past. With Jamie Justin having graduated from last year’s squad which won the districts, Pennington will be slated to handle much of the pitching load.

The fastball will be her main weapon, Pennington said. She’s focusing on having consistent control this season.

Pennington realizes she’ll be carrying a lot of the pitching load but said she’s looking forward to it. If necessary, she’s ready to pitch doubleheaders.

“Hopefully I have someone else there to help me out,” she said. “I’m definitely working. Without pitching so much this offseason, I have to start working a little bit more now to try to get back to where (she was),” Pennington said.

When she hasn’t pitched in the past, Pennington has played second base or outfield. Because of the weather, practices have been indoors.

“Everyone is figuring out positions,” she said.

Pennington feels comfortable at the plate and is confident of having a good hitting season.

Games were scheduled for March 26 at Vestaburg but were canceled. Upcoming games set were at Manistee Catholic Central Tuesday of this week and home this Friday with Manistee. Obviously, the status of each one depends on weather and field conditions.

“I feel like we have a lot of potential,” Pennington said. “We’re young but I feel we shouldn’t be underestimated.”

McBain and Reed City could be among the top opponents the Coyotes face, she added.