Race ends strong mound season for Evart


EVART — Andrew Race had one of his best pitching performances in the district semifinals recently for the Evart Wildcats.

Race, a senior, fanned 18 batters in hurling Evart to a 4-0 victory over Central Montcalm. The Wildcats lost 11-1 to Morley Stanwood in the finals.

Evart had split a doubleheader with Reed City prior to going into districts. Race entered the season as the Wildcats’ No.1 pitcher and continued that way with strong performances throughout the season.

“We’ve been doing pretty good,” Race said. “We’ve got great defense when we’re all the same track.”

Race may not have pitched his last game.

“I’ve been pitching pretty good,” he said. “I had a scout from Muskegon (Community College) come and see me. He said I was throwing around 78 to 84 miles an hour.”

That’s 10 miles an hour faster from last season. Race was planning on going to MCC for a visit and hinted that a college career was possible, depending on how his relations develop with MCC.

Defense would be the key against Central Montcalm, said Race. But as it turned out, 18 of the 21 recorded outs against Central were from Race’s strikeouts.

Race added that he was hitting the ball “pretty good, way better than last year. We’re doing pretty good. We had a lot energy (against Reed City).”