Evart coach praises graduated baseball standout



EVART - The future of Evart baseball remains bright, but if the Wildcats had a 2020 season, the list of senior players would have been impressive, including the likes of Ty Sochocki.

He was among the reasons Evart coach Josh Johnson was thinking he could have a special team this spring, perhaps a state contender.

"Ty Sochocki is another of our senior leaders," Johnson said during the preseason. "Ty plays with a chip on his shoulder. He plays with reckless abandonment. Diving everywhere with no regard for his body.

"He always practices and plays the game as hard as he can. He is as smooth of a shortstop as I've ever coached. As a hitter, I expect him to be a real force at the top of our lineup.

"I expected huge things from Ty," Johnson said. "He would have been our leader for the infield, our shortstop. The last couple of years, he batted leadoff for me. I was expecting from him to be more middle in the lineup. He's a very accomplished hitter. He's a top player, no doubt."

Sochocki would have been a third-year varsity player.

He was a key player for the 2019 Evart team which won 30 games and was Highland Conference and district winners.

"He was a tremendous player for us," Johnson said. "So solid on the infield. He was going to pitch for us too this year. He's a solid pitcher and a great hitter."

As a pitcher, "he has good control, good command," Johnson said. "He's a guy who can pitch and he fields his position really well. He's super smart."

Johnson said Sochocki, also a standout Evart football player, will be attending Mid Michigan College.