SOFTBALL

Evart 18-20, Pentwater 2-0

EVART — The entire Evart roster got hits in two nonleague wins over Pentwater on Friday 18-2 and 20-0. Syd Sanders got the win in the first game.

Savannah Ross debuted at catcher in game two for the Wildcats and showed promise, coach Jeff Bressler said.

"That opens some options for our defense," he said.

Lake City 8-18, Evart 5-0

EVART — Evart lost 8-5 and 18-0 to Lake City in Highland Conference on Wednesday.

"We played well in Game 1, and I was pretty pleased with the defense," Evart coach Jeff Bressler said. "We gave up six runs before we got our bats started and just couldn’t make up the deficit."

Sanders was the losing pitcher.

"The Game 2 score pretty much speaks for itself, we just fell apart," Bressler said. "We didn’t take care of the ball, errors were plenty and we didn’t hit well. Livia Hopkins looked really good at shortstop, other than that there’s not much to say about Game 2.

Nat Burhans was the losing pitcher.

TRACK

Pine RIver second

LEROY — Pine River track teams were second at Friday's Lake City Invitational.

Elijah Lewis ran away with four first-place finishes: 100-meter dash (11.43 seconds), 200 meters (23.34), 400 meters (54.67) and long jump (21-8 1/4). His long jump mark set a new school record previously held by Colten Rawson. Hunter Esline had a solid night, finishing second in the pole vault, third in the high jump, and was a member of the second-place 800-meter relay team along with Ira Waters, Jeffrey Johnson, and Garrett Dykhouse. Jeffrey Johnson was first in the pole vault and third in the 100-meter dash.

The 3,200-meter relay team of Selma Barnett, Kelsi Charles, Brianna Bremer and Grace Beebe finished first. Barnett also took first in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, while also placing second in the 800 meters. Charles finished second in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. Anna Lindquist took first in the pole vault, the 400 meters and was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that was first along with Becca Horan, Grace Beebe and Logan Powell. Powell was second in the 100 meters and 400 meters

"On a night that was finally dry and sunny, we got to encounter a new obstacle, and that was an incredibly strong wind." Bucks coach Eric Gebhard said. "Although times suffered from it, the kids ran strong and were determined to fight for places. It was a great night to test the fortitude of our competitors, and without a doubt they passed."

Pine River hosts a Highland Conference meet on Tuesday with Lake City and Evart.

MITCA rankings

EVART — With the spring sports season passing its midway point, local teams are gearing up for the postseason.

Several area track and field teams are hitting their stride at the right time. According to the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association rankings, the Evart boys are ranked second in Division 4.

The Wildcats' 400-meter relay team of Cody Pritchard, Scott Martin, Kyle Stokes, and Major Griffin ranks first in Division four with a time of 45.26 seconds. The 800-meter relay team consisting of the same runners is also first overall with a time of 1:34.64. cott Martin is tops in the state in the high jump with a leap of 6-4.

The Pine River girls team is ranked 26th overall in Division 3 by MITCA. Senior Anna Lindquist is seventh overall in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:02.60 and sixth in the pole vault (9-6).

The Pine River boys are ranked 34th, spearheaded by the efforts of sophomore Elijah Lewis. Lewis ranks first overall in the long jump (21-5), second in the 200-meter dash (22.78), fifth in the high jump (6-2), and fourth in the 400-meter dash (51.45).