Evart sophomore ready for softball season to start

Rachel Martin
Rachel Martin

EVART — Evart’s girls baseball team is anxious to get in some ballgames as it enters the fourth week of practice.

Rachel Martin is among those players anxious to hear the cry of “play ball!” She’s a sophomore on her first varsity team. Martin was on the JV squad a year ago.

The difference, Martin suspects, from junior varsity to varsity ball will be “how good the pitchers are,” and trying to hit off those better hurlers.

“We’re doing a lot of hitting,” Martin said, referring to the practice routine so far this season. “I’m starting in left for the first two games.”

On the JV level, Martin was at second base, but she’s eager to try other positions on the varsity level. “I’m pretty good at getting grounders and pop flies,” she said.

With some breaks in the weather this week, the Wildcats were hopeful of getting outdoors.

“It will help a lot more getting outside,” Martin said.

She acknowledged that she needs to focus on the new hitting form and being able to an effective hitter for the Wildcats.

The new form the Wildcats are using “will make our hips swing faster,” Martin indicated.

The Wildcats were set to play Morley Stanwood at home this Wednesday. Despite the recent warming trend, the status of that game was iffy, which would mean the season would not start until after break when Evart’s at Glen Lake April 16 and at home April 22 with Lake City.

“I think we’re going to be pretty strong this year,” Martin said. “We have a good pitcher (Sam Bressler) and we’re changing our hitting form.”