Big Rapids pitchers stymie Evart in thrilling nonleague showdown

Haist, Knoop pitch Cardinals to pair of wins

Kate Gostlin



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EVART – In a showdown of the area’s top two softball teams, Big Rapids prevailed over Evart 2-0 and 3-2 in eight innings in Tuesday (April 12) nonleague softball action at Evart.

In the first game, the winning pitcher was Rylie Haist, who went seven innings, striking out 11, allowing four hits and walking none.

Getting one hit apiece for Big Rapids were Pharis Carroll, Emma Daum, Mackenzie Ososki, Jaylynn Gray, Hanna Smith, Zoe Taylor and Marissa Warren. Gray had a double and two RBIs. Carroll also had a double.
Winning pitcher in the second game was Cailin Knoop, who went eight innings allowing four hits, two runs, no earned runs and two walks and striking out eight.

In the second game, Warren had a double and triple and one RBI. Carroll had two hits including a double. Haist and Taylor both had one hit and one RBI. Ososki and Emma Daum also had one hit apiece. 

“We had two great performances from our pitchers tonight,” Big Rapids coach Dawn Thompson said. “Both Rylie and Cailin kept hitters off balance and gave us the opportunity to win. Timely hitting and great defense were also keys to our success."

“Both teams were strong in the pitcher’s circle on Tuesday, but Big Rapids was just a little bit stronger at the plate,” Evart coach Amanda Brown said.

Kate Gostlin had two hits to lead the Evart varsity. Lefthander Addy Gray took the loss, going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one.

“Big Rapids was sure-handed in the field in the first game and didn’t commit a single error,” Brown said.

In the second game, Evart evened things up in the bottom of the sixth when Knoop pitched Gostlin into a fielder’s choice, scoring a run.

Freshman Kylynn Thompson took the loss for Evart. She surrendered two runs on three hits over four innings, striking out two and walking one. Gray started the game for Evart, lasting four innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out two and walking one.

Gray had two hits for Evart.