Evart players key team to tournament title
EVART - Four Evart players performed key roles for the Mount Pleasant Barnstormers in the team's drive on Sunday to the Quad City Storm tournament at Win Kellum Field in Big Rapids.
The Barnstormers won 8-0 with the three-inning mercy rule over the Hawks from Alpena.
In the semifinals, the Barnstormers won 8-2 over the Buick City Sky Hawks Blue team. Danny Witbeck of Evart threw six innings, allowing two runs in the first and shutting out the Hawks the rest of the way. He had nine strikeouts.
"He struggled in the first inning, he walked two runs in," Mount Pleasant coach Ken Kreiner said. "He only gave up two hits. This was a true 18U team we played."
Witbeck also had a hit, an RBI and run scored.
Other Evart players included Reese Ransom, Nate Sochocki and Pierce Johnson, who had two hits and three RBIs.
In the title game, Witbeck had one hit. Johnson scored a run. Sochocki had a hit walk and scored two runs.
"That's as good as I've seen those kids hit the ball," Kreiner said. "We've had the same group for two years and that easily is our best we've hit the ball, which was only our fourth and fifth games of the year. I'm really happy with how we played. The kids stepped up."
"We've been playing quite a few games this past week and the tournament this past weekend," Witbeck said, adding he will be playing some games with the Quad City Storm 16U team.
Witbeck also quarterbacks the Evart football team and there are conditioning workouts at the moment. Workouts are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for an hour at night
"We pass the ball a little bit," Witbecik said, adding there's no contact