New Evart athlete focusing on softball this summer
EVART - Veronica Lofquist will be transferring to Evart's sports program for the 2020-21 season and has been getting to know some of her softball teammates during the summer.
Lofquist has been playing for the locally based Michigan Expos 16U softball team.
This will be her junior season coming up. She played at Reed City as a freshman.
For 2020, which was canceled from the COVID pandemic, "I was planning on taking a year off and improving on myself," Lofquist, now at Evart, said.
She plans to focus on softball only.
Lofquist is in her fourth year playing for the Expos.
"It's honestly changed me as a ballplayer," she said. "When I first started, I wasn't' very good. But we've improved a lot over the years."
Lofquist focuses on pitching.
"I've worked on my fastball and have improved it," she said. "It's gotten faster."
At the plate, Lofquist hits around .300 but has been working at it.
"It takes a lot of practice and you have to be very patient," she said. "There's different pitches you have to be aware of."
In her 2019 freshman season at Reed City, Lofquist enjoyed a walkoff home run, showing the potential she has at the plate.
Addy Gray is another pitcher from Evart who has been on the mound for the Expos. It's a good chance she and Lofquist will share pitching duties for the Wildcats in 2021.
The Expos have five Evart players able to gain some summer experience with the Expos. Coach Amanda Brown was hoping to have several other players on a summer Local Area Teams (LAT) squad from Evart along with Reed City, Big Rapids and Pine River.
But those plans fell through because of the state's social distancing mandates preventing teams from getting together at the present time.