Big Rapids baseball team sweeps Evart

Evart's Parker Henry throws a pitch.
Evart's Parker Henry throws a pitch.

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids swept Evart on Friday in non-conference baseball action.

But it wasn’t easy.

The Cardinals (4-2) won the first game 2-1 with a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the sixth and final inning.

Elliott Blair’s sacrifice fly brought home Aaron Repke from third base for the winning run in the first game.

Evart (2-5) fired out to a 4-1 lead in the second game before the Cardinals rallied to take the lead and held back Evart’s comeback effort the top of the sixth to take an 8-6 win.

Both games went six innings.

“The first game was an outstanding high school softball game,” Big Rapids coach Sam Daugherty said. “Both teams played good defense and had good pitching and clutch hitting.”

In the first game, Connor Kinnally knocked in the first run. Adam Frisbie pitched a complete game, striking out four and allowing two hits and a run.

Justin Cook was the winning pitcher in the second game, going five innings and allowing nine hits and five runs and striking out three. John Yonker pitched the final inning for the save.

Frisbie had two hits and two RBIs. Braeden Childress had a hit, RBI and two runs scored Jayden Mason had an RBI and run scored. Jackson Lund scored three runs and had an RBI and double.

“As the second game went on, we had some defensive lapses,” Daugherty said. “But we also had some good clutch hits and were fortunate to win the game. Evart is a very good ball club and should do well in their conference. They played hard.”

Justin O’Dell went the distance in the first game for Evart, striking out five, walking three and allowing three hits. O’Dell and Danny Witbeck had hits.

Henry and Witbeck pitched the second game. Henry was the starter and had six strikeouts, two walks and four hits. Witbeck was the losing pitcher.

Josh Dorn had three hits while O’Dell, Donavin Reagan and Henry had two hits apiece and Witbeck had one hit.

“I just told the guys we’re in our stretch of playing some really tough teams,” said Evart coach Josh Johnson, whose squad lost 4-3 and 4-1 to Reed City last week. “They’re close games and we have to learn how to win them. I told the guys playing tight games against good teams, I think, will help us more when we start conference an district play.”

Evart is home on Friday against Vestaburg.