Evart baseball team resumes action next week

EVART — Evart’s baseball team got some work in before the spring break but coach Josh Johnson is eager to get his players back to refocus on the season next week.

The Wildcats had a scheduled doubleheader last Wednesday against Tri County to open the season and trailed 7-3 when the rains came and the game was called in the bottom of the fifth.

“For our first time out, I thought we played really well,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “We didn’t really make any key errors, there were a couple of little mistakes here or there. (Tri County) had two Texas League hits that scored some runs. That’s three or four of their runs.”

Layne Nadig had a strong pitching effort for the Wildcats.

“(Andrew) Bengry pitched a little bit, but Layne pitched really well,” Johnson said. “He mixed it up.”

Freshman Billy Conklin had a key hit for the Wildcats, the Evart coach added.

“His other time, he hit the ball hard too, but got out,”Johnson said. “He plays everywhere. He played third this game.”

Johnson has a JV team, but said Conklin has earned his way to the varsity.

Evart practiced Thursday prior to spring break and Johnson indicated there might be a practice earlier this week.

The Wildcats return from spring break next week for home games April 12 with Reed City and April 16 with Charlevoix. The Highland Conference season opens April 25 with Manton.