Evart gets off to solid start in summer baseball action

EVART —  It’s been a busy summer of baseball so far for the Evart Wildcats and coach Josh Johnson doesn’t expect it to get any less hectic in upcoming weeks.

The Wildcats opened the summer season last week with a road twinbill at Farwell-Harrison, followed by a home doubleheader with Manton on Wednesday.

No formal scoring was kept against Manton although Johnson said the Wildcats were unofficially mercied in the first game and tied the Rangers in the second contest.

Pitchers in the first game for Evart included Drake Dawson, Cody Pritchard and Nolan VanOrder.

“I’ve got a bunch of eighth graders out there who will be ninth graders next year,” Johnson said. “Probably my No. 1 and 2 pitcher (from last season) are gone. Probably (Andrew) Bengry and Chris Imhoff will be my best two (for 2015). Adam Zinger will be my main catcher. We’re getting some pitching and catching work.”

The bats were working well in the second game and Johnson also got some strong pitching from players such as Lane Nadig. He also had a chance to see several other players in action.

“I think we learned a little bit more that second game,” Johnson said. “We have some young kids out here learning the game. We’ve got to get the kids ready for what it will be like for varsity-JV baseball next year.”

That means, Johnson noted, that while it may at times seem more of a relaxing atmosphere during summer games, he still wants his players to take it seriously and learn as much as possible.

The Wildcats were scheduled to be at Manton earlier this week. They have a home doubleheader Wednesday against Reed City and are also home next Monday and on July 2 when the summer season will end. Road games are June 25 at Pine River and June 30 at Reed City. Games start at 6 p.m.

Johnson indicated he may also offer some Sunday afternoon practices.