Evart baseball players ready for season
EVART — A scheduled home baseball game for March 20 of this week with Harrison coming to Evart is unlikely to take place and now the Wildcats will focus on a possible home battle next Tuesday with Reed City,
Jake McKinstry, and Alex Bengry, a pair of seniors, are both in their second varsity seasons.
“We did all right,” McKinstry said of the 2012 season “We were third in the conference. We got better throughout the year. It was disappointment in districts (first-round loss).”
McKinstry played second base and pitcher.
“I think I did better than I thought I would have as a pitcher,” McKinstry said. “At second base, I was pretty strong and about what I thought I was going to be like there.”
McKinstry is hoping his use of different pitches will make him an effective hurler this season.
“I’ll be throwing it harder than I did last year,” he said. “I don’t want to have too many errors and I want to have all my throws be accurate.”
McKinstry was relatively happy with his hitting last season and hopes it continues again this year.
“I just need to be smart and get the timing right on all the pitches,” he said. “We’re looking better (as a team) and trying to figure out where people will play. We’ll battle in every conference game and compete in districts. Pine River and Beal City will be good (in the conference) this year.”
Bengry also is optimistic with his team’s chances for this season.
“I thought I did quite well,” Bengry said. “We had quite a few guys on the team. We had a thorough bench and enough playing time, I thought.”
Bengry was in the outfield for the Wildcats last season and will be there again this year. He might also play some third base.
Bengry was happy with his season in the batter’s box last year.
“During the middle of the season, I had a slump but by the end of the year, I got back into it,” Bengry said. “My main goal is to limit strikeouts as much as I can. I want to keep the ball in play. I need to keep focus at the plate.”
Bengry said the team will have to work hard to do well.
“Hopefully we can pull through,” said Bengry, adding that the Highland should be tough with the likes of Beal City and Pine River.