Evart girls fall short in softball title bid

EVART — Evart’s girls softball team had hopes of a doubleheader sweep over Beal City for outright claim of the Highland Conference title on Monday.

But the Wildcats dropped a pair 12-2 and 10-2 to the Aggies. Evart trailed only 3-2 after five innings but the Aggies scored nine runs in the final two frames. Tiffini Danley had four hits for Evart.

In the second game, Bramer had a single and Dana Casey a double for Evart which plays Wednesday at Montabella.

On Friday on the road, Evart swept Lake City 9-7 and 9-4. In the opener, Chelsea Kruse was the winning hurler in relief, striking out six batters and allowing three hits in five innings. Sam Bramer and Karena Hipkins collected two hits apiece and combined for five RBIs.

Kruse was the winning pitcher in the nightcap. Bramer, Hipkins, Hooker and Magdalen Hyde had two hits apiece.

Evart’s girls beat Manton 2-0 on May 17 in the first of two games at home, but then lost the second game 6-0.

Rebekah Wirkutis struck out 13 batters in the first game while throwing a one-hitter. Liz Naranano had two hits to lead Evart.

Danni Gray and Tiffini Danley collected two hits for Evart in the second game. Wirkutis took the loss.

“It’s thrilling for the girls on having a chance to win a conference championship,” said Evart coach Josh Johnson.

Evart is 16-9 overall and 8-4 in the Highland.

Evart plays at Montabella on Wednesday.


The Wildcats swept Lake City 8-7 and 6-1 in Highland Conference action on Friday. Josh Wirth fanned 15 batters in the first game which featured a pair of RBIs from Preston Boyd and Jarek VanOrder.

Tyler Mishler fanned 12 batters in the second game while Matt Mishler had two hits and two RBIs. Jeff Decatur scored two runs.

On Tuesday, May 17, Evart was home and swept Manton 4-3 and 11-3. Wirth won the first game on the mound, striking out 14 batters in seven innings. VanOrder, Kyle Brandon and John Danley had RBI singles awhile Matt and Tyler Mishler both had hits.

Tyler Mishler won the second game, striking out 10 batters.

“We have good athletes on the team but when they make one mental mistake, it seems to lead to a breakdown,” said Evart coach George Sims.

This past Monday, Beal City swept Evart 23-7 and 15-2. Jarek VanOrder, Preston Boyd and Jared Wheeler had two hits in the first game for Evart while VanOrder had a pair in the second.

Evart is 14-8 overall and 8-5 in the Highland.