Evart junior has impressive debut on the mound

EVART — Jared Pattee passed the test Monday in a strong pitching performance against Beal City.

But the Evart junior is hoping to pace the Wildcats past their opponents in upcoming games in future pitching assignments

Pattee, in the second game of a doubleheader, went until the fifth inning, allowing four runs to the Aggies who had scored 15 in the first game. Evart lost 15-0 and 4-2.

It was his first varsity start. The fastball seemed to be working for him but he was mixing up his pitches effectively.

“I wanted to change the speed, when you change speeds it’s hard to get used to same pitch,” he said.

The Wildcats are 2-0 as the season remains extremely young.

“We feel pretty good,” Pattee said, “We’re definitely a younger team. We all love baseball.”

The Wildcats only scored two runs in Tuesday’s doubleheader.

“Hitting is always something we can work on, “Pattee said. “We’re definitely a litle rusty by not being out. This is really about our fourth time outside.”

Being on the varsity, Pattee said being a smarter pitcherwill be a key.

When he’s not pitching, he’ll play shortstop.

“I need to know what’s going on and make a good play on the ball to have a chance to throw (the runner) out,” he said.