Evart softball improves to 22-5 on season with 12-2 win over Reed City

Evart softball only needed six inning to beat Coyotes

EVART -- Evart continued its strong softball season with a 12-2 win over Reed City on Saturday, improving to 22-5 on the year. 

The Wildcats only needed six innings to beat Reed City, utilizing an explosive fourth inning to put away the Coyotes. Evart would score seven runs in the fourth to pull away 11-2. One additional run in the sixth made the 10-run mercy rule take effect.

Sophomore Katelyn Gostlin had three hits in the contest, with a triple, a double, and a single. Her triple scored two runs in the foutth inning and helped Evart extend the lead to 7-2. 

“I knew that she normally pitches outside because she's left-handed. I just crowded the plate so I could get more of an advantage on it.” Gostlin said. 

This was part of a fpurth inning that saw Evart score seven runs. The Wildcats their lead from 4-2 to 11-2 before Reed City could get three outs. Evart coach Amanda Brown explained the sudden explosion in the fourth. 

“It was probably like the third or fourth time everybody got to see the pitcher. So, they got to bet more timing and confidence in the batter's box.” Brown said. “It’s funny, high school girls are funny because sometimes it takes them a couple innings or a couple times and then like once they get it, they got it."

Addysen Gray pitched for four innings, allowing three hits but no runs. Gray had seven strikeouts in the contest. She also had an RBI double off of an error from the Coyote squad. 

“I think I did very good. I think we all worked really good as a team and we’re very loud. We just work well together.” Gray said. 

Evart had 15 hits as a team, with 10 RBIs in the game. They also limited their errors to one on the evening, allowing both Addysen Gray and Kylynn Thompson, who started the game, to get the outs they needed to stifle the Reed City hitters. 

On the Reed City side, the Coyotes scored two runs off of seven hits, they had nine errors in the contest. Kenzie Shoemaker led with two hits. Paityn Enos, Isabell Guy, Kaylin Goodman, Rylie Shafer and Hannah Stellini each earned a hit in the loss. The Coyotes currently sit at 17-16 on the season and will play next in the Portland Softball Invitational on Saturday . 

For Evart, it next game will be on Tuesday, against Lake City in Pine River in a district opener. They will then play Wednesday against Roscommon to win the conference outright with an undefeated record. 

Pine River 8, Lake City 5

Lake City 9, Pine River 8

LEROY – Amanda Hill was the winning pitcher in the first game. She had five strikeouts two walks and allowed three hits. Hill, at the plate, had two hits. Madison Smith had two hits with an RBI.

In the second game, the losing pitcher was Sadler Mumby. She allowed seven hits and struck out two. Hill pitched in relief. Sparks had a double and two RBIs.

“Both games were close games most of the way,” Pine River coach Mike Nelson said. “We came back with three runs the bottom of the seventh and just fell a little short.”