Evart baseball team splits with Manton
EVART — Alex Bengry knew he had to lay down nearly a perfect bunt against Manton in the top of the seventh inning Friday night.
He did, and the Wildcats scored an 8-5 Highland Conference victory in the second game of a doubleheader over Manton as a result.
Manton won the first game 5-1.
The Wildcats had built a 6-0 lead in the nightcap before Manton rallied for four runs the bottom of the fifth against Evart starter Jered Pattee. In the bottom of the sixth Manton scored an unearned run against Evart and Pattee was replaced by Andrew Race, who got the final out to preserve a 6-5 Evart lead.
In the top of the seventh, with a runner on third, Bengry laid down the perfect suicide squeeze to score the seventh run. Another run came in and eventually the umpires called the game because of darkness and gave Evart the win.
“He did a good job of getting that down and caused them to also have a throwing error which led to another run,” said Evart coach Pat Craven, who suggested that by scoring the two extra runs, the umpires most likely decided to call the game rather than go to the bottom of the seventh. “We pushed the game into suspension. I don’t care if it counts in statistics or not, that was a huge play in getting that run down and pushing that run across.”
“I knew I had to lay it down. Coach told me it didn’t matter even if I struck out with the bunt, I had to lay it down on the third baseline,” Bengry said, adding that the key to the bunt was “having your bat in the correct position.”
Pattee was the winning pitcher, striking out four and walking five while allowing four hits. He also had a hit and two RBIs. Race had two hits while Thomas Hyde had a hit and RBI. In the first game, Race was the losing pitcher, allowing four hits and striking out eight while giving up two walks.
“He didn’t have his best stuff,” said Craven. “But we committed eight errors behind him on defense which didn’t help our cause, nor did we hit the ball. I thought he pitched well enough to win.”
Jake McKinstry had two hits and Pattee one hit in that game.
Evart, 7-10 overall and 6-6 in the league played at Lake City on Tuesday.
Manton 10, 11, Evart 0, 1
EVART — Evart lost to Manton 10-0 and 11-1 in Highland Conference softball action Friday night.
Sam Bressler took the loss in the two games, striking out two in the first and three in the second game.
Collecting hits for Evart in the first game were Sabrina McKay, Bressler, Nicole Bullock and Kendra Foster with one single apiece.
Katelynn Whitman had a double and single in the second game.
“The girls are making contact, they’re getting there. We’ve been working on that a lot. We’re getting better.” said Evart coach Tracy Gray. “Sam’s pitching great. She pitches the way she’s supposed to. We’re having errors on D.”
Evart played at Lake City on Tuesday.