Evart girls drop pair to Charlevoix

EVART    Evart softball coach Jeff Bressler cautioned his team how critical one bad inning could be in Saturday’s second game of a doubleheader against Charlevoix.

That proved to be the case in a 22-6 setback to Charlevoix in the second game of a season-opening twinbill.

Evart lost the first game 16-0, but trailed only 9-6 after three innings of the second contest.

But then Charlevoix notched its big inning with 13 runs in the top of the fourth.

Kaitlyn Gudding and Carlie Gostlin were among the pitchers for the Wildcats, who got a hit from Cyanna Dellar.

“It was a 'festival of errors' defensively for Evart," Bressler said. "We had over 20 errors in the book for Saturday's doubleheader, you cannot win games that way. We will be working hard on fixing those issues between now and Thursday’s game vs. Glen Lake."

Gostlin took the loss in the opener and Nat Burhans in the nightcap.

"Burhans showed some promise at pitching and looked really good for the first couple innings," Bressler said. "We will be working on her stamina."

Centerfielder McKenzie Kimball hopes to be among the key players for the Wildcats."

“We need to work on everything and we need to learn how not to cause errors,” she said.

Saturday’s weather was pleasant and enabled the Wildcats to get in some work outside.

“It helped a lot being outside when you’re batting and working on fielding,” Kimball said. “It helps give you the feel for everything.”

The Wildcats offense was able to score runs in the second game.

“We did better in the second game compared to the first, that’s for sure,” Kimball said.

Danielle Conklin is among the seniors who hopes to provide the Wildcats with leadership.

She was moved up to the varsity her freshman year and has stayed there.

“I need to work on being upbeat throughout tough times,” she said. “I also need to work on my ability to watch the ball.”

Conklin is at catcher and first base, and is playing otherpositions.

As a catcher, “I have a pretty good arm,” Conklin said. “I’m able to go for a long period of time. I have stamina. I also have the knowledge.

“The second game, we definitely stayed more positive and we pushed ourselves more. We didn’t stay down.”

The Wildcats play at home against Maple City Glen Lake on Thursday.

“It was our first game and I definitely think there’s room to improve,” Conklin said. “We’ve only been outside twice before this game. Being outside definitely benefits us.”