EVART — Evart’s baseball team swept Marion Monday in Highland Conference play to improve to 4-4 overall in baseball action. Evart won both games 5-2.

Andrew Race was the winning pitcher in the first contest for Evart  “and threw another super game,” according to coach Pat Craven.

Race allowed four walks and one hit while fanning 15 batters.

Jared Pattee had two hits, two walks an RBI and run scored for Evart while Jake McKinstry had two hits and a walk plus two runs scored.

Chris Imhoff had two hits.

“The game was dominated by Race’s performance,” Craven said. “He had his way on the mound.

Pattee was the winning pitcher of the second game, throwing five innings “of offspeed baseball,” Craven said. “He gave up a lot of weak grounders and pop flies.”

Pattee had two hits and two runs scored. Imhoff had a hit and RBI. Devon VanOrder had a double.

“Andrew Race pitched very well,” Craven said. “He overpowered Marion’s hitters tonight and was impressive on the hill. Offensively, we had to play a freshman tonight because of eligibility issues. Chris Imhoff had three hits. I was impressed with him I was proud of him coming into a tough situation and playing positions he wasn’t used to.

“He played left field the first game. He’s a catcher on the JV team. He played third base the second game and made some nice defensive plays. I was impressed with him picking up some of the slack for some of the kids not pulling their weight in the classroom.”

Evart plays at Central Montcalm on Thursday.

“I think we’re getting better,” Craven said. “I think we’re improving daily. If we continue to improve in all areas of the game....I’m proud of the kids’ work ethic and willingness to be coachable and get better. We have injuries and eligibility issues but the kids are working hard and for each other. I’m pleased with that.”

Evart 9, 4, McBain NMC 8, 1

EVART — Evart swept McBain Northern Michigan Christian 9-8 and 4-1 in a Highland Conference doubleheader on Thursday.

Andrew Race was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out 16 batters and walking five while giving up no earned runs.

“We made some errors the last couple of innings that added to their score,” said Evart coach Pat Craven.

Alex Bengry had two hits and two RBIs. Thomas Hyde had two hits and a run scored, while Tre Dyer had one hit and two runs scored.

Jared Pattee was the winning pitcher in the second game, striking out four and walking six and allowing a run. Pattee had a hit and RBI as did Nolan VanOrder. Brandon Albright had one with a walk.

Harrison 8-8, Evart 4-7

EVART — Harrison swept Evart 8-4 and 8-7 in non-league baseball action on Wednesday. Kam VanScoyoc was the losing pitcher in the first game. Thomas Hyde had three hits, and two RBIs. Tre Deyer had one hit and three runs scored. Nolan VanOrder had one hit and an RBI.

Nolan Van Order was the losing pitcher in the second game. Jake McKinstry had two hits while Alex Bengry had a hit and RBI and Jared Pattee had one hit and two runs scored.