Evart's Justin O'Dell having huge season
EVART — It’s going to be a big week for Justin O’Dell and his Evart baseball teammates.
The Wildcats are home on Tuesday against Reed City, and will host Manton in a suspended game on Wednesday for a chance to win a share of Evart’s first league baseball title since 1996.
They are at Lake City on Saturday for the district tournament.
The Wildcats recently posted an impressive split against Big Rapids.
“Our bats came alive after they went cold the past couple of games,” O’Dell said.
It’s O’Dell’s junior season. He’s been among the top pitchers for the Wildcats. His most memorable job was a no-hitter against Highland Conference power Pine River. It was his first career no-hitter and came against a very respectable team.
“I was just hitting my spots, mixing my pitches good and keeping them thinking,” O’Dell said. “I’ve been a little consistent lately. But we’ll get it back on track. You have to keep your fastball, curveball and changeup in command.”
O’Dell has been hitting around .400, an improvement from last year.
“The key is making sure I keep my hands inside and drive the ball farther,” he said.
If O’Dell isn’t pitching, he plays right field, second base and third base.
Defense and pitching have been strengths for the Wildcats, O’Dell added.