BUCKLEY — Evart defeated Crossroads 10-0 in the first game of the Buckley Wooden Bat Tournament on Saturday.

Jake McKinstry was the winning pitcher, going all five innings, walking three and striking out five.

“He did a nice job of getting out of a couple of innings when he walked some batters,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. “He hadn’t pitched in about three weeks. I was pleased with his play.”

Jared Pattee had two hits and two runs scored while Thomas Hyde had two hits and two RBIs, Adam Zinger added a double and Andrew Race had two hits and an RBI.

Evart was set to play McBain in the finals of the tournament but the game was canceled because of the weather.

Split with McBain

EVART — Evart had to settle for a split with McBain, winning 4-1 and losing 6-5 on Tuesday (May 7)in Highland Conference baseball action.

McBain scored the winning run in the second game on a one-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The first game was a big one for winning pitcher Andrew Race. He struck out nine and allowed one walk.

“He pitched a tremendous ballgame and did a nice job,” said Evart coach Pat Craven.

Thomas Hyde had two hits while Alex Bengry had one hit and Jared Pattee had one hit and an RBI for Evart.

In the second game, Pattee went all the way and struck out three batters.

“He threw a good game,” Craven said. “We made a couple of mistakes behind him that hurt us.”

Evart allowed three runs in the first inning and had to battle back. They had a hit and two RBIs while Bengry had a hit and RBI and Nolan VanOrder delivered a hit and RBI.

“We battled back and put ourselves in position to make things happen,” Craven said “We had some nice plays.”

McBain had a runner on third with no outs in the seventh. The first batter popped out but the next one hit a line shot to the outfield that was caught but brought home the run.

“We tried fighting back in the second game but just didn’t have enough,” said junior Evart first baseman Tre Dyer. “I feel that we’ve been playing good. We need to improve more on our hitting.”

It’s Dyer’s first year on varsity after two years on JVs.

Evart is 6-7 overall and 5-5 in the Highland. Conference.