Evart girls soar to 12-3 record

EVART — Magdalen Hyde and Courtney Hooker have been among the key reasons the Evart softball team continues to have success.

The Wildcats are 12-3 overall and 4-0 in the Highland Conference. They were 2-1 at the Reed City Invitational and ended the tourney with a 6 -4 victory over the host team. Hooker had a bases loaded clearing double in that game.

Hooker, a senior, is playing center field for her first season after being at second base last season. It’s her second year of varsity softball and she said she’s comfortable in center.

“I’d say we played pretty good,” Hooker said. “We had tough teams and played well against them.”

She would like to be hitting the ball better.

“I’m not hitting as well as I should be,” Hooker said. “We’re doing really good (as a team). We need to pull together when we don’t have a great play and don’t give up. We’re looking for districts and leading up to districts.”

Hyde a junior, plays second base and sometimes shortstop.

“We have a good chemistry between us all,” Hyde said. “We all work together and there’s no difficulties between us.”

Hyde likes both infield positions and takes pride with her arm. She’s also hitting the ball well.

“I’m keeping my eye on it a longer time and paying attention to what the strike zone is,” Hyde said. “We want to keep getting better. We want to win districts.”

Chelsea Kruse took the loss against Belding. Hyde, Casey and Hooker had one hit each.

Wirkuitis was the 5-2 winner against Montabella, striking out six batters. Samantha Bramer had three hits while Hyde had two hits. And Elisabeth Naranjo aded two singles.

Wirkutis took the win against Reed City, allowing one walk and striking out four. Hooker and Naranjo had two hits apiece.

On Friday, the Wildcats beat Farwell 11-4 in the first game of non-league action and lost the second game 16-7.

Wirkutis was the winning pitcher, striking out seven batters. Hyde had three hits and Hipkins added two doubles. Sam Bramer added three hits.

Hyde had three hits and two RBIs the second game.

Evart continued its impressive start to Highland Conference season with a pair of 11-0 and 10-0 wins in five-inning mercy rule games over McBain on Tuesday.

“Our bats, we were on fire,” said Johnson. “We were hitting the heck out of the ball.”

Wirkutis was the winning pitcher in both games and threw a pair of one-hitters. In the opener, she went the distance, not walking a batter allowing one hit and striking out seven.

Catcher Karena Hipkins had three singles and an RBI, Hyde had two hits including a double and RBI, Sam Bramer added two singles and Hooker contributed a double.

Wirkutis went all five innings in the second game, striking out eight batters and walking one. Hipkins had three hits including a double. Hyde contributed two hits while Dana Casey had a single and double and two RBIs. Chelsea Bengry had three hits with a double and RBI and Hooker added a double and two RBIs. Wirkutis had two singles and an RBI.