Evart softball team claims share of Highland title

Skylar Baumgardner



EVART – Evart’s softball team swept Beal City on Tuesday (May 25) to end the Highland Conference season at 13-1 and clinch a tie with McBain for first place.

It was 9-5 in the first game. Ally Theunick drove in five runs on three hits. She had a single and two doubles. Evart had five runs in the third inning. Kate Duncan had a key triple.

Addy Gray was the winning pitcher, going seven innings, allowing five runs, 11 hits and striking out nine. Evart had 12 hits, Theunick, Skylar Baumgardner, Duncan and Deanna Conklin all had multiple hits.

Evart took the second game by winning in the sixth inning for a 6-5 win. The game was tied 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth. Conklin singled to score a run for the game-winner. Evart had three runs in the third.

Veronica Lofquist was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats. She went seven innings allowing five runs and nine hits. She struck out five.

Conklin and Theunick had two hits apiece.

Evart is at Reed City on Thursday and at home on Tuesday with Chippewa Hills.

Pine River 0-2

Roscommon won the first game of Tuesday’s (May 25) Highland Conference doubleheader 4-3 in extra innings.

The losing pitcher was Emma Whitley. She allowed four hits. Whitley had a double, Alana Nichols had a double and one RBI and Madison Smith had a hit.

Amanda Hill was the losing pitcher in the second game, 5-3. She struck out six and allowed two walks and three hits. Hill had two hits including a triple and Whitley and Corneshia Holmes both had hits.

“We did not get the big hit when we had runners in scoring positions,” Pine River coach Mike Nelson said. “We were right there to win both games. We could not get the key hit when we needed it. It was the best my team has played all year defensively.”


Evart splits

Evart needed a sweep over Beal City in the last Highland Conference games for both teams on May 25. Evart won the opener 2-0 but Beal City took the rematch 3-1.

Evart is 12-2 while Beal City is 11-1 and not expected to make up two games with Houghton Lake. If not, Beal City would get the title by virtue of a higher percentage.

Danny Witbeck pitched the first six innings and had 14 strikeouts. He allowed two hits.

Witbeck had a single, double and RBI offensively. Pierce Johnson had a single and RBI. Mac Sims and Reese Ransom had singles. Michael Lodholtz had a double and Nate Sochocki had two singles.

Beal City won the second game 3-1. Brayden Cass was the losing pitcher.

“We didn’t hit well that second game,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “We only had two hits, both of those from Nate Sochocki with a single and double. We turned it on too late. We got a run that second inning. We never put anything together all game long. We put the ball in play but right at people.”

Evart is 21-7 overall.