Elenbaas continues her strong Mohawk athletic career

Bethany Elenbaas

MORLEY – Bethany Elenbaas has been having a strong softball season for Morley Stanwood as a senior and hopes it continues into the final weeks of the season.

The Mohawks play on Saturday in the Big Rapids Norm Turner Tournament.

Despite a doubleheader loss to Kent City 10-4 and 9-8 on Thursday in Central State Activities Association Silver Division action, Elenbaas had a strong performance.

Elenbaas, a left-hander, was the losing pitcher in the first game. In the second game, she had three hits plus a solo home run.

She’s been a pitcher since sixth grade and is in her fourth varsity season.

“My freshman year, I started out on a really good team,” Elenbaas said. “We won districts. We had a lot of strong senior leaders. Last year, we had a new coach and were working on mechanics and bonding as a team.”

“I’ve been working on everything each year to get better.”

Coming into the season, Elenbaas emphasized the Mohawk hurlers had been throwing a lot. She anticipated the offspeed was her best pitch.

She also plays first base and left field when she’s not pitching.

Elenbaas is a three-sport varsity athlete but stayed busy in softball.

“During the fall, we had a Morley Stanwood team that played down in Grand Rapids,” Elenbaas said. “It was good to see what we have coming up.”

Because of the weather, April was a tough month for practices, but Elenbaas indicated the Mohawks were able to get a lot of work done in the gym.

“I think our team will be strong,” she said.


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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