Evart falls twice to Reed City

Billy Conklin slides safely into second base during the season.
Billy Conklin slides safely into second base during the season.

REED CITY — Reed City swept Evart 4-3 and 4-2 in a pair of non-league games on Saturday, but Wildcat coach Josh Johnson still had reason to smile.

Both games went six innings.

Evart scored three in the fifth of the first game. Reed City came back with two in the fifth and two in the sixth for a walk-off win.

Justin O’Dell was the starter for Evart.

“He pitched outstanding and didn’t give up a run,” Johnson said. “I had a 75-pitch limit on him and we play Pine River on Tuesday in conference play. With those pitch-count rules I didn’t want to lose him for Tuesday. You can’t burn up your pitchers in a non-conference game.”

Carter McLachlan took the loss.

For the Wildcats, Jericho VanScoyoc and Josh Dorn both had a single and RBI, Billy Conklin had a double and single, O’Dell had a single, Troy Ludholtz, Donavin Reagan and Christian Booher contributed an RBI apiece.

In the second game, Parker Henry was the losing pitcher. He went four innings, giving up three runs on four walks and fanned two batters.

Josh Dorn had a single and two doubles. Hunter Maxwell, VanScoyoc and Billy Conklin had singles. Garrett Johnson had two RBIs.

“We did really good,” Josh Johnson said. “I thought our starting pitchers did a great job. That Reed City lineup is tough. You have two kids (Jeffery Phenix and Hunter Morrison) signed up to play college ball.

“I’m happy with our starting pitching. We’re missing our hitting. I thought going into the season our hitting wold be our No. 1 strength. We’re not hitting right now. But this was only our second time on a baseball field. That will come around.”

Evart is 1-2 and at Glen Lake on Wednesday.