Reed City-Evart baseball teams ready for all-star games

REED CITY – Reed City and Evart Little League all-star teams on the 9-10 and 11-12-year-old age level are gearing up for district tournament action starting this week with qualifying round action.

Reed City and Evart teams played separately during the regular season but have a combined team for the districts at the two age levels.

Tom Strach is coaching the 11-12-year-old Reed City-Evart squad.

Strach said his team plays at the Roth diamonds in Reed City at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. After the Wednesday home game, RC-Evart is at Reeths Puffer on Thursday followed by two home games with Tri-Cities North on Friday. Big Rapids is the opponent on Saturday.

Strach feels his team is ready for the challenging four-game schedule.

“We’ll have to watch the pitch count on my pitchers,” he said.

Depending on the record from these four games, the team would advance to the district finals.

There were two Reed City and two Evart teams during the regular season.

“We’ve had three practices,” Strach said “We’re hitting the ball. They’re doing good on the defensive side. They’re doing good on the cutoffs and on where to go with the ball. They’re actually to the point where they understand what they’re going to do if the ball is hit to them.”

Strach said all 11 players on his roster are capable of pitching.

Matt Kailing is coaching the 9-10-year-old Reed City-Evart squad. Reed City had three teams and Evart two during the regular season.

The first game is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Roth fields. On July 11, the team plays at Big Rapids, followed by a game Tuesday, July 12, at home.

“There’s four teams in our pool,” Kailing said. “They take the two best teams out of our pool and play the other teams that come out of the other pool.”

Kailing said he’s trying to have more practices in Reed City to have all of his pitchers accustomed to throwing from off the mound.

“We should be competitive,” Kailing said. “If they pitch well, they should do real well.”