Johnson has strong season for Evart

EVART — Garrett Johnson has one varsity season under his belt for Evart football and baseball. During the summer, he’s preparing to have an improved junior season in both sports.

Johnson has been active during the summer. He’s playing baseball for his dad, Evart coach Josh Johnson.

“We hit the ball well and fielded well behind our pitchers,” Johnson said after a recent win over Coleman.

Johnson came off his first varsity season in the spring.

“I had a .300 batting average, close to that,” he said. “I struck out a lot but I’m working on getting that down this summer. I have to keep my eye on the ball.”

Evart recently completed its summer season.

Seasonable summer weather is helpful for players to work on their craft for next spring, Johnson agreed.

“We have plenty coming back next year,” he said. “We only lost two seniors.”

Johnson also is playing football and is a defensive back. He played varsity last season.

“I read the ball well,” he said, adding he’s also been a sure tackler. “This year, we’re working on getting stronger. We have a strong offensive line. We’re trying to push our way all the way through the defense this year.”

Johnson acknowledged the importance of summer baseball and football.

“It helps me out because I want to be a college athlete, and I have to stay active and get stronger to do that,” he said.