Evart softball team facing experience issues

EVART — Evart coach Josh Johnson has enjoyed the excellent practice weather his team has had in the preseason.

But a loss in a game-scrimmage with Harrison last Wednesday served notice that there’s plenty to work to be done with a very young team.

“We kind of looked at it as an eighth practice,” Johnson said. “It was the eighth time we’ve been on the field this year. We can go nowhere but up.”

The Wildcats have four seniors including their main pitcher, Chelsea Bengry, plus catcher Magdalen Hyde, infielder Dayna Casey and utility player Dani Gray.

“They’ll help the young players along,” Johnson said. “They have great attitudes.”

The seniors “are going to be key,” Johnson said. “We’ll try to get better to be competitive. The more the seniors can work with the young players, the better for the future. There are 11 players on the varsity team. There’s also a JV squad for Evart.”

The team also has a freshman, three sophomores and three juniors. Evart graduated several seniors from a strong 2011 team.

Among the key underclassmen is Katelynn Whitman, an infielder.

Casey, in her second varsity season, will focus on first base and third base. She batted around .200.

“I think I did fairly well,” Casey said. “I need to keep my eye on the ball and focus.”

Defensively, she’s looking at her arm as a strength. As a senior, Casey agreed that she and the other returnees hope to lead the way for the team.