Evart senior second baseman bidding for strong season

EVART —  Tom Hyde is in his senior year at Evart and will be in his second full season for the Wildcat baseball team.

“I thought I had a great season at the beginning and a half,” Hyde said. “I was hitting well. Nothing was getting behind me. Then at the end, I got into a hitting slump.”

Hyde is looking for another strong team season and perhaps a higher finish in the Highland Conference. Evart was fourth in the Highland last season in a league that features state finalist Beal City and state quarterfinalist Pine River.

“We’re small (in numbers) but we still have some potential to win,” Hyde said. “Our pitching was our strength. I think our defense will be pretty good this year.”

Hyde, a second baseman, was at that spot for the varsity last season and has occupied it for many years.

“I’ve had a good glove,” said Hyde, who will again be working alongside Wildcats shortstop Jared Pattee. “We talk a lot and on who should be (at the bag). We have Trey Dyer at first base.”

Because of the weather, the Wildcats expect to be mainly indoors for awhile, although attempts have been made to be outdoors for certain portions of practice. Area baseball diamonds are mainly not usable right now.

“It will be a pain because of the bounce of the ball and the lights can be different for the outfielders,” Hyde said.

Hyde expects Beal City and Pine River to be among the top league teams again.

“Pine River lost their two pitchers but they still have great hitters,” Hyde said, adding that he was optimistic that his team could also make some noise in the conference. “We have our two pitchers back from last year.”