Evart junior shortstop eyes productive season

EVART — Trevin Ladd is a three-sport athlete at Evart, who is hoping to have a warm, winning feeling during the spring.

The Wildcats trailed 7-3 against Tri-County before they were rained out in the fifth inning of a game in late March to officially open the season.

“I thought for the first game we played solid,” Ladd said.

It’s Ladd’s third varsity season.

“It’s gone pretty solid,” he said. “We’re making some adjustments. The program is getting strong.”

Ladd is at shortstop.

“I feel that I have pretty good speed so I can work around the ball pretty well,” he said.

Ladd said he’s hit the ball “decent” in the past, but hopes to improve.

“It’d be nice to get around the .300, .350 range,” he said. “I just need to have confidence.”

The Wildcats got in some work outdoors prior to last week’s spring break.

“With the weather, I think we’ve done pretty well,” Ladd said. “It’s tough to get outside and get reps when the field’s wet.”

The Wildcats returned from spring break this week for home games April 12 with Reed City and April 16 with Charlevoix. The Highland Conference season opens April 25 with Manton.

“I think we’re going to be solid,” Ladd said. “Definitely, we’ll be improving and hopefully competing for a conference championship.”

He anticipates perennial powers like Beal City and Pine River will be among the teams to beat in the Highland.