Evart softball team eyes improvement

EVART — Evart’s softball team has started its season with hopes of getting back from spring break and enjoying success on the diamond.

The season opened March 30 at Vestaburg with a pair of 15-0 losses to a team which was in the Division 4 semifinals a year ago.

Jeff Bressler returns for his second year as coach. He has 14 players on the team, including senior Sam Bressler as a pitcher.

Also returning are juniors Lorraine Foster (first base), Cassie Hopkins (utility) Rachel Martin (center field) and Makayla Wallace (utility). Sophomore second-year player Danielle Conklin is back at catcher. Sophomore Natalie Burhans is a second-year varsity player back at shortstop.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Jeff Bressler said. “We’re a pretty young team. We have second-year sophomores on the team. We have one senior. I have five returning girls who are good leaders and strong players. We’re developing some of the younger girls.”

Workouts started on March 9 and the Wildcats got in four weeks of practice and two doubleheaders prior to heading to spring break this week.

“The field was good until the snow came (early last week),” Bressler said. “We’ve been out a few days and have only been on the field twice, two practices before the Vestaburg game. It helps if we have a lot more time on the field before a game.”

The Wildcats lost a doubleheader to Tri County on Wednesday. Bressler has emphasized the need to get outside as much as possible.

Sam Bressler is in her fourth year of varsity pitching and will again be No. 1.

It will be a busy schedule when the Wildcats return from break. They are home April 15 with Glen Lake and then open the Highland Conference schedule April 20 at Lake City. That will be followed by two nonleague  home games April 23 with Montabella and April 24 with Coleman.

Evart hosts the Cat Classic May 9.