Evart pitcher fires no-hitter against McBain

Danny Witbeck has had a strong senior season for Evart's baseball team. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

Danny Witbeck has had a strong senior season for Evart's baseball team. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

EVART - It was a Highland Conference sweep for Evart with a no-hitter included during Tuesday's (May 11) twinbill with McBain.

Evart blanked McBain in the first game 3-0. Danny Witbeck was the winning pitcher. He went six innings, struck 14, didn't give up a hit and walked three.

Pierce Johnson had four hits including a triple, and had two RBIs. Witbeck had a single. Nolan Theunick had a single and RBI.

Evart won the second game 8-0. Johnson was the winning pitcher. He struck out 10 batters walked two and gave up two hits.

Johnson had a single and RBI. Haidyn Simmer and Witbeck had RBIs. Mac Sims had a double and two RBIs. Reese Ransom had a double and Nolan Theunick a single. Nate Sochocki had a single and two RBIs.

"We pitched well and played defense well," coach Josh Johnson said. "I thought our energy was much better tonight than it has been in recent games. Overall, I was happy with the guys tonight. We still have to get consistent with our hitting. We have a few guys we have to get going."

Evart is 15-5 overall and 7-1 in the Highland.


Evart 1-1: Evart's softball team grabbed the late lead and went on to a 4-3 Highland Conference win over McBain on Wednesday.

The game was tied going into the bottom of the seventh and Evart took the lead on an error.

Addy Gray was the winning pitcher, striking out 11.

McBain won the second game 2-0.

Gray had a double in the first inning. She was the losing pitcher despite striking out nine batters. She had two hits at the plate.

"We left eight people on base in the second game," Evart coach Amanda Brown said.

"We had a lot of people on base but didn't get them around."

Evart is 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the Highland Conference.

Reed City 0-2: Reed City lost both games to Fremont 17-4 and 23-0. In game 1, Isabell Guy was the pitcher of record

"She had her best outing, giving up two earned runs on six hits and struck out three," coach Roger Steig said. "Hannah Stellini led the way offensively, getting two hits including a triple. Kaylin Goodman and Lily Andres had the other two hits. Isabell Guy was the pitcher of record in the second game and Rylie Shafer had our only hit.

"Going in this season, I knew we had to rebuild and we had a mountain to climb. We have been slowly climbing that mountain. But with eight errors and 21 unearned runs in the first game, I felt like we fell off the side of that mountain.

"We'll go to work tomorrow and start that climb to the top again."