Reed City-Evart Little League regular season ends with more than 500 youngsters

LIttle LEague: Madelyn Morgan gets set to throw the ball to first base during a Reed City-Evart Major girls practice Monday. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
LIttle LEague: Madelyn Morgan gets set to throw the ball to first base during a Reed City-Evart Major girls practice Monday. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Dax Allen is president of a Reed City-Evart Little League that has had another unique season.

The regular season has ended and now all-star teams are participating in tournaments.

It’s been Reed City-Evart for three seasons.

“It went well, we had quite a diverse group,” Allen said. “The kids enjoyed themselves all-in-all. Some of the players were exceeding expectations. The season went well for those that participated.”

The machine-pitch league will be going for two more weeks at Hersey, Evart Middle School and Reed City Water Tower fields.

The league started with the modified T-Ball division, which also involves coach pitch.

“If they don’t hit it after three pitches, then they pull out the tee,” Allen said. “Then we go to the machine pitch, 7 to 8 year olds. That’s a modified version of that. The last quarter of the season, the kids use a pitcher and pitch to themselves. You have the 9-10, minor division, which is all pitch, boys and girls. The major division, 11-12, is kids’ pitch as well. The junior division, is 13 and 14.”

After machine pitch, the divisions are separated into softball for girls and baseball for boys.

The divisions have a variety of different rules, Allen noted.

Reed City-Evart teams had some games within each other in the league, but also went outside to play other communities.

“Because of travel and number of teams we’re fortunate to have, we try to keep in local,” Allen said. “We try to play Big Rapids, Evart-Reed City;...and we’ve ventured over to play Barryton, Weidman and some of the District 1 groups over there. That was entertaining this year.”

There’s more than one Reed City-Evart team in all divisions. There were two boys teams in the 13-year-old division and five boys teams in the 11-12 majors, and three girls squads. For the minors, there were six boys teams and three girls squads. For machine pitch, there were 14 teams total, including boys and girls--nine boys and five girls.

“Our T-Ballers combined, we have 18 teams,” Allen said, adding that the numbers “are on the rise, all-in-all. We totaled 511 kids between Evart and Reed city communities. Our numbers are climbing steadily.”

Two all-star girls teams are both going to the state tourney this month either to Essexville and Escanaba.

The Major boys are currently playing this week. The Minor boys start Saturday.

“It’s definitely a busy July,” Allen said.