Evart athlete keeping busy this summer
EVART — Billy Conklin isn’t holding anything back during the summer on the baseball diamond.
Evart’s All-Highland Conference catcher will be a junior next season and he’s among the key players for the Wildcat summer baseball team.
For his sophomore season, Conklin batted .355, with 33 hits, 16 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
“Billy is really tough,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “He has great at-bats. He only struck out six times in 114 plate appearances.
“In the first inning of the district game versus Marion, he got cleated, went to the hospital and got five stitches, only to return that same day and started the district championship game against Beal City.”
The Wildcats struggled below .500 during the spring season.
“Most of our players here (during the summer) were with us during the spring season,” Conklin said. “We’re improving a lot. The more we know each other, the more chemistry we have.”
Conklin also pitches and plays third base. He indicated his strength at catcher and third base is his arm.
“I feel I can field anything that comes to me,” he said.
Conklin said his sinker has been his best pitch
Conklin also is working on football and basketball during the summer.
In football, he’s a running back and linebacker, and has been lifting.
For basketball, he’s focusing on his dribbling and mid-range game.
By playing summer sports, Conklin said, “I feel it will help me improve in the positions I play and it could help our team in the long run.”