Pine River softball coach pleased with progress during summer season

LEROY —  Pine River’s final games on Wednesday in the Local Area Teams league were rained out but coach Laura Mumby still saw plenty of progress made during the summer.

Overall, the Bucks got five weeks in during the summer.

Mumby had 12 players on a varsity team and five Pine River junior varsity players that combined with a separate Marion squad.

“I didn’t have any incoming freshmen with us,” Mumby said. “It was the incoming sophomores through seniors.”

Incoming freshman most likely will be on next season’s junior varsity softball team, Mumby said.

The Pine River coach had impressive efforts from performers like pitcher Alexis Bennett.

“She really came on in the end,” Mumby said. “Bekah Dean was really versatile for us so she could play in a lot of different positions and was hot with her bat. Hannah Hill did a good job catching behind the plate for us and did some promising things.

“KayLee Goodman led off for us this summer and played a lot of shortstop. We also had some newcomers who will be juniors and they all did a pretty good job too. Carleigh Trowbridge ran the outfield and did some big-time hitting for us.”

Many girls will be playing volleyball in the fall but Mumby indicated several of her performers will be playing with Reed City girls on a fall ball team in Grand Rapids.

The league was competitive with other teams from Reed City, Cadillac, and Tri County. There was also an alumni team of former Reed City and Pine River players.

“That was exciting to have that alumni team,” Mumby said. “That was really neat, to watch those kids. A lot of them work and have been successful, but are still around the area. It was combined Reed City and Pine River who were big-time rivals back in the day. To watch them play together was really cool.”

The Alumni squad only lost one game all summer, to Reed City.

“The last four or five years, we’ve only had four or five teams but had more interest this year and upped it to six,” Mumby said. “We had a team drop out on us so that’s why we ended up having an alumni team. Marion couldn’t field a whole team, but I wanted my girls to get some experience. The Alumni team offered some good competition.”