Freshman pitcher-shortstop gets job done for Evart

Thompson, Wildcats set for trip to regional tournament

Kylynn Thompson

Kylynn

Thompson

John Raffel

EVART – An impressive aspect of Evart’s softball team this season has been its youth. The Wildcats have gone 30-5 on their way to district, regional and conference titles.

But they only have three seniors including one who is a starter, Skylar Baumgardner. There are some key freshmen, led by Kylynn Thompson, a shortstop and pitcher, who played a lot of softball prior to hitting the varsity level.

“There’s more intensity to this level but you adjust quickly,” she said.

At shortstop, Thompson has demonstrated a strong backhand.

“My pitches have been pretty good,” she said. “I think I have a little more movement to it. I’ve been pitching for a little while.”

Thompson has served as pitcher Addy Gray’s backup this season. She indicated the fast ball is her best pitch but her assortment includes changeup, drop ball and cutter.

“I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well,’’ Thompson said adding her average has been in the .300s. “The key is to have confidence. Confidence is the key.”

The Wildcats were in the state quarterfinals on Tuesday;.

“We’re playing really well,” Thompson said. “If we get more confidence we’ll be playing a lot better. If we come and tweak a few things, we should be good.”

Evart played Standish-Sterling in a Tuesday doubleheader (June 7)and lost the first game 9-8. Veronica Lofquist had an RBI double in the first game. Thompson, Gray, Riley  Brigham and JoJo Tiedt had two hits apiece.

The second game was a 5-5 tie. Ally Theunick had a home run for Evart.

THE KYLYNN THOMPSON FILE

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