EVART -- She admits it's looking bleak, but Evart softball coach Amanda Brown is still hoping there will be a season to enjoy.

The Wildcats were getting ready for the 2020 campaign before the MHSAA canceled the season because of the conoravirus outbreak.

Brown was Evart volleyball coach in the fall and is in her second year of coaching softball for the Wildcats.

They had a full week of softball practice prior to March 13, the starting date of the MHSAA shutdown.

"We had been in the gym all winter long," Brown said. "After volleyball got done, we got started."

Brown has 25 girls on the roster.

"We had enough for two teams which is pretty exciting," Brown said. "We had no JV last year, just one team. "

With this in mind, "we're completely disappointed," she added, noting there may not be a season. We had a foreign exchange student in the gym who had been working all winter long. She just wanted to play and was excited being in our JV program. She's going home some time this week so we're down to 10 kids in our JV program.

"I asked them to play catch with a family member. Coaches aren't allowed to be around them. I know I have a lot of girls who have younger siblings. I'm hoping they're playing catch."

As for summer softball, "it all depends on what we're able to do, Brown said. "Last summer, we teamed up with Montabella and we played in Mount Pleasant on Wednesdays. We had six girls that played."

The season had been scheduled to start on April 9 at Big Rapids. It's been canceled and is scheduled to start on April 14 with Harrison.