Big Rapids softball splits with Evart

CONTACT: Big Rapids' Kelly Taylor makes contact with a pitch during Wednesday's doubleheader against Evart. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
CONTACT: Big Rapids' Kelly Taylor makes contact with a pitch during Wednesday's doubleheader against Evart. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Bats come alive for Cardinals in second game of twinbill against Wildcats

EVART — A disappointing first game for the Big Rapids softball team was followed by a dominating second game Wednesday at Evart. The Cardinals lost 7-6 in the opener but came back with a vengeance in the nightcap, winning it 15-0 in three innings. Rachel Hendrick took the loss in the opener, going six innings and striking out six while walking nine. She hit one batter. Taylor Nemeth had two hits. Big Rapids had two runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth. Evart had two runs in the first, two in the third and three in the fifth. Kailey Hunt was the winning pitcher in the second game, allowing three hits in three innings, plus one walk. Taylor Leach had two hits and a double. “The first game, it was fundamental errors, that’s all I can say,” said Big Rapids coach Darcy Balahoski. “Once we got down we couldn’t recover. The second game, the girls were ready. The bats came alive. They put everything together” Evart was plagued by six errors. Big Rapids, 2-2, is home on Friday against Chippewa Hills. “Our pitching we have to work on,” Balahoski said. “It was fundamental errors that hurt us in the first game. The second game our pitching was phenomenal.” Sam Bressler was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out six batters. She took the loss in the second game. Sabrina McKay had two singles in the first game for Evart. “In the second game, we weren’t in it,” said Evart coach Tracy Gray. “We didn’t have the ambition.” But the first game, “got the girls confidence up,” Gray said. Evart, 1-3, plays at Northern Michigan Christian today.
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Harrison 8-8, Evart 4-7 EVART -- Harrison swept Evart 8-4 and 8-7 in non-league baseball action on Wednesday. Kam VanScoyoc was the losing pitcher in the first game. Thomas Hyde had three hits, and two RBIs. Tre Deyer had one hit and three runs scored. Nolan VanOrder had one hit and an RBI. Nolan VanOrder was the losing pitcher in the second game. Jake McKinstry had two hits while Alex Bengry had a hit and RBI and Jared Pattee had one hit and two runs scored. Evart, 0-4, is at NMC today.