Evart baseball junior 'very knowledgeable of the game'

Ladd hoping to help Wildcats be postseason contenders

Jake Ladd



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‘He is very knowledgeable of the game.” – Josh Johnson

EVART – Jake Ladd’s potential on the Evart baseball team has Josh Johnson excited for a special reason.

Ladd is a junior for the Wildcats, defending state quarterfinals. He was a key player for a team that won 29 games last season.

“I started on the JV,” he said. “I slowly progressed to varsity. I was a pinchrunner for Reese Ransom.  During the district game, I played some right and left field duty during the postseason.”

He’s definitely playing a key role this season.

“Jake is probably our best outfielder,” coach Josh Johnson. “He's versatile. He has played every position so far this season except first baseman. He is very knowledgeable of the game.”

This season, Ladd has mainly been at center field and catcher. He’s seen action at shortstop and pitcher.

At center field, “I have a lot of speed,” he said. “I feel like I can run all over the place and catch the ball that needs to be caught.”

It’s his first year as catcher and he’s growing into the position. The same applies to his pitching role.

Ladd is looking to be a .350 hitter this season.

“I’m not the most powerful hitter but I can make a lot of contact and I have a lot of speed,” he said. “The key is to put it into play and make the defense field it and make sure we make them make the throw for first base.”

Ladd is hopeful the Wildcats can make a tournament run.

“We’re young but we’ll be pretty good this year,” he said. 

Evart will be at Pine River on Tuesday to take on the Bucks in a Highland game.

Evart falls twice

Evart’s baseball team dropped a nonleague doubleheader 6-4 and 6-2 to Traverse City St. Francis on Saturday.

Michael Lodholtz was the losing pitcher in the first game. He struck out five and walked two in four innings.

Preston Wallace, Riley Ransom, Dariyan Reagan, Nolan Theunick and Lodholtz all had singles. Alex Burhans had a single and two RBIs. Jake Ladd had two singles.

In the second game, Ladd was the losing pitcher. Wallace had two singles. Lodholtz had a single and RBI. Theunick had two singles and an RBI.

Evart is 4-8.

Pine River wins tournament

LEROY – Pine River went 2-0 in in its home tournament on Saturday. The Bucks beat Whittemore Prescott 16-3. Dillon Blood was the winning pitcher
He scattered three hits.

Jordan Nelson had two hits and five RBIs. Hon Yang and Tim Gunn both had singles and RBIs. Cole Hill had a double.

The Bucks beat Mancelona in the title game. Nelson was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run and scattering two hits while fanning seven. Jake Smith had two hits and an RBI. Nelson had two hits and two RBIs. Hill had a double and RBI.

The Bucks are 8-4