Evart baseball program working to develop players

EVART — Sometimes, it almost looks like spring for the Evart summer baseball team.

True, it’s not as cold and snow flurries haven’t been hitting the area lately. But rainy weather has been postponing various games lately.

The Wildcats were postponed last Wednesday. The Monday before, they got in a doubleheader with Manton.

“I have like a Pony League team out there against some varsity an JV-like kids,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “I thought they did all right, leaning some of the stuff they’ll have to learn on the big field next year. Learning baseball on the big field is a big thing with those kids.”

Nolan VanOrder, Trevin Ladd and Lane Nadig are among the key players on the team along with Josh Dorn, who will be a freshman next season.

“I’m pretty sure he’ll make the transition to the varsity,” Johnson said. “He has no trouble adjusting to high school pitching. I’ve got a few kids doing the same thing. But he’s picked up on this high-caliber pitching very quickly. I’m excited to have him next year for sure, and all those young kids. They’re getting some good experience.”

This week, the Wildcats are scheduled to be home with Pine River on Wednesday and at Reed City next Monday.

The final summer game is July 2 at home.