Craven becomes Evart baseball coach

EVART — Area spring sports teams had their official opening day of practices last week including Evart baseball which has a new coach in Pat Craven.

Also the varsity football coach, Craven takes over for long-time Evart skipper George Sims.

Craven anticipated being indoors during the week. A year ago, the weather was warm enough for teams to be outside the first week of the season.

Josh Johnson the former varsity softball coach, is coaching the junior varsity baseball squad.

Craven said the administration talked to him about the baseball job prior to the end of football campaign.

Craven coached baseball at Sugar Salem High School in Idaho before moving back to Michigan. He’s a native of Harrison.

“We finished fourth in the state my last year out there,” he said. “I got the football job (in Evart) in the spring before my fourth season of coaching baseball (spring of 2004).”

In past years at Evart, Craven has served as JV baseball coach and also was assistant varsity skipper.

“We’ve had some meetings with kids and a few hitting sessions,” Craven said. “It’s a lot of weight room work right now.”

Weather-permitting, a game with Harrison at home has been scheduled for today (March 20). Evart also plays at home  against Reed City March 26.

“We want to start out by identifying who we have and what our needs are and start chipping away at some of the technical aspects of hitting and fielding,” Craven said. “We’ve had a summer co-op league with Reed City so we’ve had a few kids play a few weeks of summer ball, but not a lot.”