Evart pitcher eyes more strikeouts


EVART — Sam Bressler is in her senior season as Evart’s varsity pitcher and is looking to keep increasing her strikeout totals.

Last week after a doubleheader loss to Tri County, Bressler noted that recognition is given for an eight-strikeout game.

“I only got seven the first game,” Bressler said, recalling she was determined to get the eight in the next contest. “And I did.”

Both games went less than seven innings, putting more pressure on Bressler to get strikeouts earlier.

Bressler has more pitches in her collection after working extensively during the winter. She has more off-speed pitches and has improved on her location.

The Wildcats started out, 0-4 but have played Vestaburg, a Division 4 semifinalist last season, and Tri County, a Division 2 school.

“We’ve done all right, and improved between Vestaburg and Tri County,” Bressler said. “I’ve hit a couple of times.”

The team continues to work on its hitting.

“More than anything, I think it’s just form and focus on what they’re doing,” Bressler said.

She’s been doing most of Evart’s pitching,

“There’s three other girls working on it,” Bressler said.

As she progresses through the senior season, Bressler will continue to focus on strikeouts.

“They’re actually doing a strikeout-a-thon, similar to what Harrison’s doing,” she said. “But we’re doing it on our own.’”

Her goal is to get more than 100 strikeouts this season. The most she’s had in one season is 75.

It will be a busy schedule when the Wildcats return from break. They are home April 15 with Glen Lake and then open the Highland Conference schedule April 20 at Lake City. That will be followed by two nonleague  home games April 23 with Montabella and April 24 with Coleman.

Evart hosts the Cat Classic May 9.