By Greg Gielczyk

PENTWATER – Senior pitching ace Mikaylyn Kenney of Pentwater, currently in her final season for the Falcons, will continue her softball career at the next level after signing a national letter of intent to attend Alma College.

The Falcons lost in the district finals last year, but Kenney received an honorable mention from the Associated Press All-State selection board.

Although she’ll be pitching for the Scots, who compete in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), Kenney received an academic scholarship to attend Alma.

“She’s been huge to our program,” said Pentwater softball coach Steve Rossiter. “The younger girls definitely look up to her. She’s played travel softball since she was in eighth grade.

“It’s not like once our season is over that she just picks up the following spring. Between playing travel, doing countless lessons (at umpire school), and everything else … the proof is in the pudding.

“You can definitely tell she loves playing softball. She’s definitely the leader on our team, and the team feeds off her energy.”

Rossiter added that Kenney, the daughter of Mike and Wendy Kenney, is right on pace this year, with her strikeout-to-walk ratio to earn another nomination for all-state honors.

In 47 1/3 innings pitched this year, Kenney has struck out 101 of 187 batters she’s faced and has a sparkling 1.33 earned run average.

She’s limited opponents to a paltry .128 batting average, and she’s hitting .615 with two home runs, 11 singles, two doubles and one triple with 17 runs scored.

Kenney, who is believed to be the first Pentwater softball player to receive a college offer, is planning to study nursing while at Alma. She currently has a 4.0 GPA at Pentwater.