Evart places four players on all-conference team

EVART — The Highland Conference has named several players from the Evart Wildcats on its all-league baseball squad.

Three players were on the first team and one earned honorable mention status.

Seniors Andrew Race, Jared Pattee and Tom Hyde were on the first team and junior Nolan VanOrder earned honorable mention acclaim.

Pattee batted .283 while Hyde was at .282 and led the team in base hits with 20. Both were infielders.

Pattee “played a pretty solid shortstop for us,” said Evart coach Josh Johnson. “He was my best athlete. He made a lot of plays most kids can’t make.”

Hyde was a second baseman and also saw some pitching action, as did Pattee.

“He did a pretty good job,” Johnson said. “He made the plays.”

Race, a pitcher, had a big season on the mound with a 6-2 record, 92 strikeouts and 0.80 ERA.

“He was dominant,” said Johnson. “We had a chance to win every time he pitched. The two losses against Pine River and Beal City, we didn’t score any runs for him. If we score two or three runs, we can be right in those games.”

VanOrder, a center fielder, led the team in runs scored with 15 and stolen bases with 14. He batted .216.

“He played a really good center field defensively,” Johnson said.

The Bucks play in a conference that features perennial powerhouses like Beal City, which took first, and Pine River, which wound up in second. Beal City is in the state finals this week.