Home run gives Evart junior confidence for rest of season


EVART — Chris Imhoff hit his first home run two weeks ago for the Evart varsity baseball team against Vestaburg, and is hoping his bat remains productive for the Wildcats the rest of the season.

He swung at an inside fastball during the second game of a double header.

“I just had a bad swing all day,” Imhoff recalled. “I wasn’t swinging good. Coach told me to fix my elbow. I fixed it. They threw a pitch up high. I just carried on from there. I was dropping (the elbow) low and popping things up. I raised it a little bit and (started) swinging down at the ball.”

Imhoff is a junior who played with the varsity last year.

“It was a good building year, getting used to playing on varsity,” he said. “I was figuring out what positions I’m better at.”

Catcher, pitcher and third baseman appear to be his ideal positions, Imhoff indicated.

His strength at catcher include his throwing and blocking. His blocking also is solid at third base, along with his throws to first base.

Imhoff indicated his two-seamer is his best pitch.

At the plate, “I feel more comfortable than I ever have,” Imhoff said, while declining to predict if he’ll hit for power or just make contact. “I’ll do what’s best for the team right now.”

Evart gets back to action in a home game today with Glen Lake and a trip to Beaverton Saturday. The conference season begins Monday at Lake City. The home Cat Classic is May 9.

“I think we’ll be looking a whole lot better,” he said. “We haven’t been outside for too long. This is only our fourth practice outside. I think we’ll be looking better. We’re pretty good in all categories. We have to execute on the field.”

Cutting down on errors and securing outs defensively is a critical factor Evart coach Josh Johnson is emphasizing to his team.

“We can be very disciplined,” he said. “We just need to keep our heads in the game and not let any errors mess us up.”