Evart freshman gives baseball team valuable diversity

EVART — Trevin Ladd is among the Evart freshmen the Wildcats are counting upon to help give them depth during the Highland Conference baseball race this season.

Ladd pitched in the final inning in a 2-0 loss to Glen Lake recently to open the season for Evart.

“It was very nerve-racking,” he recalled. “It was a good learning experience for my first (outing).”

Ladd and other freshmen have seen plenty of varsity action since Evart only has a varsity team this season.

“I think it will take a couple of games,” he said. “Eventually, I’ll get there.”

Ladd has seen pitching action in past years at the youth level. His knuckle-curve has been a strong point.

Poor spring weather severely limited the Wildcats’ opportunities of getting outdoors during the preseason. Warm weather and more game-time will be a major advantage, especially to the young players, Ladd indicated.

“It will definitely bring the bats to us,” he said after the Glen Lake game. “That was the first live pitching we’ve seen.”

If he’s not pitching, Ladd will be either at shortstop or left field.

“I can run after anything,” he said of his defensive abilities.

To have future success, “we have to bring the bats every single game,” he said. 

Evart is at McBain Friday.