Evart baseball team blanked by Maple City-Glen Lake

EVART — Maple City-Glen Lake’s pitchers were too much for the Evart Wildcats in a pair of 2-0 and 13-0 victories for the Lakers on Thursday in non-league baseball action.

Glen Lake pitchers combined for one hit in the two games.

The Lakers are 3-0 while Evart was opening its season.

Thomas Waning, a pitcher going to Division I Xavier, threw a no-hitter in the first game. Zach Cooper was the winning pitcher in the second game for Glen Lake and combined with another hurler for a one-hitter.

Waning went seven innings and allowed one walk, hit one batter and allowed two base runners. He struck out 16 of the 23 batters he faced.

“It was nice to get outside,” said Evart coach Josh Johnson. “That first kid was real tough. Their second kid was real tough. That first kid might be one of the toughest kids we’ll see.”

Andrew Race matched Waning for six innings with shutout baseball. The Wildcats put Trevin Ladd on the mound in the final inning and the Evart freshman allowed two runs.

“(Race) pitched really well,” Johnson said. “He was pretty dominant in the second game. He hadn’t pitched much over spring break.”

That lack of pitching, Johnson said, was why he switched pitchers after the sixth inning.

The Wildcats started Tre Dyer who took the loss. The winners had two runs in the first, four in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth.

“It was a good start for our pitchers,” said Laker coach Kris Herman. “It was a good opportunity to get those guys looked at.”

Andrew Race had the only hit for Evart in the second game.

“We have to get (the offense) going,” Johnson said.

The first-year Evart varsity coach said he was happy to be able to get playing time in for his players. Because Evart doesn’t have a JV team this season, the Wildcats have several freshmen and sophomores on the varsity.

Evart opened its Highland Conference season Tuesday against Lake City and plays at Montabella Thursday.