Evart center fielder confident of huge season

Wildcats hope to bounce back from losses to Big Rapids

Skylar Baumgardner



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

EVART – Skylar Baumgardner has played a key role in her Evart volleyball and basketball teams having outstanding seasons

Now she’s hoping to do the same for Evart softball squad, which enters this season as defending Highland Conference and district champions.

The Wildcats lost 2-0 and 3-2 in eight innings on Tuesday against a talented Big Rapids team considered a Division 2 powerhouse.

Prior to the Big Rapids twinbill, “we’ve only had one practice outside, but I think we’re ready,”  Baumgardner said.

The Wildcat senior is a center fielder.

“I’ve been playing center field ever since I got to high school,” Baumgardner said. “I like throwing people out at home.”

With Baumgardner’s talented arm, it’s been happening a lot. She’s hoping to be able to do it again this year. Her glove is also golden for the Wildcats.

Last season, she earned all-district honors for the Wildcats while batting .333 with 33 hits, one home run, 10 RBIs and eight stolen bases. This spring, she’s hoping to bat .400.

“The key is just your timing on the ball,” she said.

As for the team, “I think we’ll be better than last year and I think we’ll go farther,” Baumgardner said. “We have girls that have a lot of talent and a lot of them have played travel ball.”

Beal City will be among the toughest Highland Conference opponents, Baumgardner said.

Baumgardner has played softball many years, ever since she was young. This is her senior season and final high school sport, and she’s hoping it will be very special.

‘I’m hoping to get way better in hitting,” she said. “For our team, we want to get better.”

Evart is scheduled to play at Clare on Monday and then host Vestaburg on Wednesday next week.