EVART — Sam Bressler will be assuming the pitching duties for the Evart Wildcat softball team this season.

Bressler, a sophomore, was the No. 2 pitcher on the varsity last season, backing up No. 1 hurler Chelsea Bengry, who has graduated. She usually saw action in at least one game of a doubleheader.

She did “all right” last season and has improved “a lot” for this year, Bressler indicated. “I have more pitches now and I throw  a little faster. I have a drop now and better change. It matters a lot because normally a girl can hit a fastball.”

But a change or drop can be tough for batters to hit, Bressler indicated.

She’s also confident in being able to throw strikes consistently.

Because of the weather, the Wildcats have mainly been indoors for the first three weeks of practice. But Bressler indicated she’s been able to get in some good pitching time.

As for her hitting, “last year I didn’t do very well but I’ve been working on it all winter,” she said. “I need to watch the ball more, watch it all the way in, and connect harder.”

Evart plays at home Wednesday, April 10, against Buckley.

“I think we’re going to do pretty good,” Bressler said. “We have one freshman and she’s hanging in there.”

The Highland Conference, with the likes of Beal City and Pine River, “is a challenge,” Bressler said. “But everyb0dy needs a challenge.”

Bressler, coach Tracy Gray said, “will be doing most of our pitching. She’s coming along good. She’ll strike out a few but we’ll need defense behind her.”