Evart ball teams lose to Beal City in league openers
EVART — Evart lost twice to Beal City in Highland Conference baseball action Monday night but it was two different ballgames on the scoreboard.
Beal City took the opener 15-0 in five innings. But the second game went down to the wire with the Aggies surviving 4-2 in six innings. Evart scored two runs in the top of the sixth to narrow the gap.
“We got some guys on base, put the ball in play and they made some mistakes,” said Evart coach Pat Craven.
Brad Albright had a key hit for the Wildcats.
Evart only had one hit the first game.
Andrew Race was the starting losing pitcher in the opener.
In the second game, Jared Pattee went 4 1/3 innings and then gave way to Jake McKinstry.
“It was the fastball, but I mixed up my pitches,” Pattee said.
“Jared threw a very nice game,” Craven said. “He kept them off balance and worked the ball around the zone. I thought he did a great job. I thought both of our starting pitchers did a nice job. We just made some mistakes in the field the first game.”
Evart, 0-2, plays Thursday at McBain Northern Michigan Christian.
EVART — Beal City swept Evart 22-0 and 12-0 in a pair of Highland Conference softball games on Monday.
Sam Bressler pitched the first game and took the loss. Taylor Martin was in the circle the second game and went for one inning. She was relieved the rest of the way by Bressler.
The Wildcats committed nine errors in the second game.
Bressler had the only hit in the first game. Bressler, Nicole Bullock and Shayna Rushing had hits in the second game.
“Getting outside is going to be key for us in fundamentals and placement of players,” said Evart coach Tracy Gray, whose team has not been outside too much so far this spring.
Evart, 0-2, plays Wednesday at Big Rapids.