Evart infielder eyes senior baseball season



EVART - Pierce Johnson was looking forward to his junior baseball season at Evart.

The Wildcats were coming off a 30-win season with conference and district titles in 2019 and had some key players coming back.

COVID-19 put an end to the 2020 spring season, and now Johnson will focus on his senior campaign in 2021.

He was moved up during the 2019 season to the varsity. The 2019 spring would been his first full year.

"He would have been a returning senior second baseman to our club and brings experience to the infield," his dad and coach Josh Johnson said. "Outside of the question mark at third base, Pierce rounds out a pretty good infield with Ty (Sochocki) and Danny (Witbeck). Pierce has a great glove, quick hands and good instincts at second base. Pierce is also a good hitter."

Pierce also played second base on the junior varsity level.

"I have good range and a good glove," he said. "I have to work on my arm strength. I've worked on that all season."

If there was a season, Pierce was looking at a .350 to .400 batting average.

At the junior varsity level, "it's mainly fastballs and no real junk," Johnson said. "Varsity, there's a lot (of different pitches)."

Evart had a full week of practice before the season was canceled.

"It was very disappointing," Pierce said. "This season, I was really looking forward to it."

It's time to prepare for next season.

"We have some pretty good JV players coming up," Johnson said.

There were hopes for a summer season. But Josh Johnson noted there have been some informal summer practices and scrimmages but doesn't anticipate anything for the rest of the summer.

"I play football and I may play basketball this year," he said.

Johnson was a cornerback and wideout in football. He and his coaches remain hopeful for a fall season.