Evart baseball, softball teams host Pine River on Friday


EVART — Evart’s baseball and softball teams will be having a busy slate of games coming up starting this Friday when they are home against the Pine River Bucks in Highland Conference action.

They also have league games set for May 21 at McBain and May 23 at Beal City.

The last action for the regular season is scheduled for May 27 at home against non-league rival Reed City.

The most recent action for the Wildcats was Wednesday, May 7 at Carson City-Crystal in a non-league game. The baseball team did not get a game finished because of thunderstorms. The girls lost, 12-2, in the first game and couldn’t get in the second contest because of the storms.

Evart baseball senior pitcher Jared Pattee is hoping the Wildcats can be playing their best baseball in the final weeks of the regular season.

Pattee was off recently after sustaining a concussion during a practice while running into another player going after the ball. He’s been a pitcher and shortstop for the Wildcats. Like other teams, the Wildcats have been battling to get in some game time.

“We have a lot of young guys, but a lot of kids with talent,” he said. “We just need to get out and play some more.”

It’s Pattee’s third varsity season. He’s also played football and basketball. He’s only had a chance to play in a few games but figures he has been able to show improvement from last season.

“We can’t make so many errors and (need to) keep the ball in play,” Pattee said, adding that “the weather has been a pain. It sucks because your arm never really gets warmed up and you don’t want to be out in the field.”