Evart baseball team captures Cat Classic

EVART — Evart’s baseball team stayed red-hot on Saturday.

The Wildcats (13-7) were 3-0 to win their home Cat Classic. They had swept a doubleheader Thursday over Marion and finished the week at 6-1, which included a split against state power Beal City on Tuesday.

To go 3-0 during Saturday’s round-robin tournament, the Wildcats had two dramatic late-game rallies.

They opened with a 10-1 win over Crossroads Charter Academy. Troy Ludholtz was the winning pitcher. Chris Imhoff had three singles, while Layne Nadig and Jericho VanScoyoc had two singles. Nadig, Cameron Martin, Josh Dorn and Trevin Ladd had two RBI. Rob Taping had a single, double and an RBI.

Evart snuck past Harrison 6-5 in the second game.

“That was a (tough) game,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “Harrison’s pitcher is pretty tough. In our last at bat, we were down 5-1. We scored five runs to win it.”

Billy Conklin was the winning pitcher. Nadig had four singles and an RBI. Dorn had a double, single and RBI. Garrett Johnson, brought up from the junior varsity, had two singles and an RBI.

In the final game for the title, Evart defeated Wayland Union 7-4.

“We had another comeback,” Johnson said. “It was pretty exciting.”

Wayland led 4-1 in the fourth. Evart scored two runs in the fifth and two more in the final inning for the win.

“It was a wild day,” Johnson said. “Our kids were so tough, they fought hard and I was so impressed with their effort, especially in the Harrison game and then against Wayland which is a well-coached club. I was so happy the way we came back and never gave up. We never quit.”

Ludholtz was the winning pitcher against Wayland.

Imhoff and VanScoyoc had two singles and two RBI, while Nadig had two singles and an RBI and Dorn had a double and two RBI.

“I have a group of great kids, and I’m so proud to see them have some success,” Johnson said.