Evart baseball, softball players earn all-conference awards

EVART — Evart’s baseball team had an impressive season with an 11-3 Highland Conference record and tied for second place.

The Wildcats also had several players with post season honors. Senior catcher Chris Imhoff was on varsity for three years and scored 36 runs while having 43 hits, 20 RBI, 14 doubles, 15 stolen bases and a .462 batting average. He was team MVP and earned all-conference and all-district honors.

“He is planning to play baseball at Warner University in Florida,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said.

 Andrew Bengry was a senior shortstop-pitcher with three years on the varsity. He had 23 runs, 27 hits, 20 RBIs and one home run, plus a .370 batting average. He was all-conference and all-district and the team’s Gold Glove winner as the best defensive player.

Sophomore Josh Dorn is in his second varsity season and has 30 runs, 30 hits, 24 RBIs, eight doubles, 13 hit by pitches and a .353 batting average. He was all-conference and all-district. He earned the Mr. Grit award as the team’s toughest player.

Senior outfielder Robbie Tapling was on the varsity three years with 30 runs, plus 26 hits, 14 RBIs, six doubles, one home run, 17 stolen bases and a .271 batting average. He was all-conference and academic all-district and earned the team’s Wildcat award.

“He was the best all-around representative of our team showing dedication to the program,” Johnson said.

Evart girls

Two Evart girls received all-Highland Conference honors this season including senior Loraine Foster, a third-year varsity player. She batted .395 with 39 hits, 17 RBIs, 22 runs and 22 putouts at first base.

She was team captain and earned the team’s offensive player of the year award.

Danielle Conklin had a .285 batting average with 21 hits, nine RBIs, 10 runs and 61 putouts at third base. She was team co-captain and a third-year varsity player, who earned the team’s MVP award.