BIG RAPIDS — The bats were booming for the Big Rapids softball team on Friday, but coach Dawn Thompson was especially happy with her team’s defense.

The Cardinals (10-16) swept Evart 15-0 in four innings and 14-4 in five in a nonleague doubleheader.

“I thought we hit the ball particularly well, but more importantly, we played great defense in Game 1,” Big Rapids coach Dawn Thompson said.

Cyana Dellar had the only hit for Evart in the first game Nowak had four hits while Chamberlain had three hits and three RBI in the second game. Crystal Brinker, and Allyson Gailbraith, Lyman, Amy Squires had one hit.

The Cardinals were able to take advantage of more comfortable temperatures on Friday.

“Weather affects it, but you always have to keep your head up and try your best,” Nowak said. “You should always have a positive attitude.”

Brinker went all five innings, striking out two and allowing one earned run.

“Both of our pitchers did a nice job getting ahead of hitters and letting our defense work behind them,” Thompson said. “When our defense plays well, we are a pretty good ballclub.”

Carly Goslin was the losing pitcher for Evart in the second game. Loraine Foster had three hits, while Beth Moyer had two and Natalie Burhans one.

“We started playing (better) in the second game,” Burhans said. “The first game we weren’t really in it. The second game, we were more aggressive. We have to come in ready to win the first game. We have to be ready when we get on the bus and focus.”

Evart played at home Tuesday with Pine River.

“We’re coming together, we’re improving game by game,” Burhans said.

She’s been pitching for the Wildcats.

“It’s been a struggle but it’s coming,” Burhans said, adding that the key to being a good hitter is “watching the ball. We’ve been stealing (bases) being aggressive.”

Next week, the Wildcats play at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the district.