Evart pitcher will miss junior season
EVART -- He has his senior season of baseball left, but Evart's Danny Witbeck obviously would have loved to have played his junior year
The MHSAA announced on Friday the sports season would be canceled because of the conoravirus pandemic.
Witbeck was virtually flawless most of the time last year as a sophomore in pitching Evart to Highland Conference and district championships.
"The district game (against Morley Stanwood), we won that with Danny Witbeck," teammate Parker Henry said. "He threw a phenomenal game. We played as a complete team."
"Danny will be anchoring down our pitching staff," Evart coach Josh Johnson said. "Danny is a gifted player that doesn't get caught up in the hype. He just works his tail off to get better every day. He and (Justin O'Dell) worked all winter to perfect their pitching.
"Danny is also throwing his fastball in the low to mid 80's with regularity. He has adjusted his swing to create more power."
Witbeck said the team met and exceeded it's expectations last year.
"We played really well as a team," he said. "I played pretty well individually. I was trying to do what I could for the team. We won our district championship game, and no-hit Morley. That was memorable."
Witbeck took off basketball season to heal himself and be more prepared for baseball. It's what makes the cancellation of spring sports even more disappointing.
As a pitcher, location and his secondary pitches are strengths for Witbeck. He also could have played second, shortstop or centerfield.
It was three weeks ago when the MHSAA announced if would be suspending sports. At that time, it was for three weeks.
"It's kind of frustrating, but we can't do anything about it right now," he said.