Evart baseball team splits with Marion

EVART — The Evart baseball team split with Marion on Monday night, winning the first game, 10-0, and losing the nightcap, 9-6. 

Andrew Race took the pitching win in the opener, pitching six innings with five strikeouts, one walk and one hit allowed. Tom Hyde and Adam Zinger both had an RBI while Race and Lane Nadig both chipped in two RBIs apiece in the first game. 

Tre Dyer took the loss from the mound in the nightcap, throwing one strikeout and walking two while giving up four runs on two hits. Zinger, Race and Nolan VanOrder also pitched in the game. 

The Wildcats had just one hit in the second game and did most of their scoring on Marion errors and walks.

Evart is 4-7-1 and returns to action on Wednesday at Carson City-Crystal.

Thursday night

 It was a tale of two different games Thursday night when Central Montcalm and Evart battled in a nonconference baseball doubleheader.

Central Montcalm rolled to a 15-0 victory in the first game that went only three innings. The second game was much different, going nine innings and ending in a 5-5 tie because of darkness.

Dalin Clark pitched three perfect innings in the first game for Central Montcalm. Todd Switzer threw the second game for the Hornets.

Trevin Ladd and Noah Drake pitched the first game for Evart.

The second game featured seven strong innings on the Wildcats’ mound from Tom Hyde, who took over after Andrew Bengry pitched the first two innings.

In the bottom of the fifth with Central up 4-2, Ladd, Nolan VanOrder and Adam Zinger had consecutive RBI singles to give Evart a 5-4 advantage. Switzer scored on an error in the sixth for the Hornets to tie the game.

VanOrder had a diving catch in center field in the top of the eighth to save a possible run for Central Montcalm.

Evart loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of ninth. But a forceout at home, a failed suicide squeeze attempt and a strikeout ended the inning scoreless and the game was ruled a tie.

“The first game, we pitched two young guys,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “The second game was well pitched. Hyde pitched very well.”

Hyde’s pitching performance was among the bright spots for the Wildcats

“I thought I did pretty good,” Hyde said. “I had a lot of outside (corner) pitches. That’s my second time pitching (this season).”

Zinger had two hits and two RBIs for Evart. Lane Nadig had two hits and scored a run.

The Wildcats were ready to go after the short first game.

“We have to get the bats going, get some line drives and get runners in scoring position,” Hyde said, referring to the thoughts of his team after the first game.

Hyde, a second baseman, is one of Evart’s key seniors.

“It’s going pretty good,” he said. ‘We can make some (noise) in the Highland. Pitching is key. We’re settling down.”

Hitting is starting to come around, Hyde indicated.

“Now we’re getting into the groove and everyone can hit the ball pretty well,” he said.

“We’ve made some progress,” Johnson said.

Herald-Review sports writer Daine Pavloski contributed to this report.