Evart falls to Charlevoix, Gladwin girls

EVART — Evart’s softball dropped two games to Charlevoix in nonleague action on Saturday 18-7 and 19-5.

“We didn’t execute defensively very well,” Evart coach Jeff Bressler said. “We had an inning in Game 1 that we just couldn’t get the third out, andmissed a couple easy routine plays. Charlevoix went through their batting order twice in that inning. We had 2 similar innings in Game 2. We weren’t nearly aggressive enough at bat either.”

On Monday at home, Evart lost 22-0 and 16-0.

“Gladwin had some good hitters including one girl who hit three out of the park, one of which was a grand slam,” Bressler said. “We will be focusing on our hitting going forward, we just couldn’t put a bat on a ball last night.

“Our pitching is coming around, but we still need a lot of work in that area as well.”

The Wildcats lost at Reed City 17-2 and 14-8 in a nonleague doubleheader on April 11 Leading hitters for Evart included Danielle Conklin and Ashley Hopkins.

“I’m pretty proud of them in game 2,” Evart coach Jeff Bressler said. “They started playing well and playing together. They started swinging the bats.

“Ashley Hopkins really dug deep and pitched a game and three-quarters for us today and kept us in it. We’re going to build off Game 2. I saw some positive stuff and things we need to work on.”

“We didn’t play well at all Game one,” Bressler said. “The only highlights were two good hits, one from Danielle Conklin and one from Cyana Dellar. Ashley Hopkins took over in the circle and did a nice job for us.

“Game 2 we played really well and were competitive through seven innings. We lost 14-7 but the score doesn’t really reflect our performance. We were down by two in the fifth (8-6) until we got into a couple situations we haven’t had the opportunity to work on due to the weather. We gave up some runs because of it. Everybody played well. Our bats came to life and almost everyone had hits. Hopkins took over the circle and turned in a really solid performance.”

Bressler noted that he had to play Conklin out of her normal position.

“She did a great job for us at third including turning a double from shortstop Nat Burhans and Loraine Foster on first,” Bressler said. “Syd Sanders had a solid performance at catcher as well. Freshman Mckenzie Kimball had her first start and got a crash course in varsity softball, I was really impressed with her. We plan to build off from our game 2 performance last night and continue to improve as a team.

“Overall we have great group of athletes. One thing we need is to get our pitching in order and we will be in great shape for the season.”