Reed City-Evart boys major team drops first district game

BOYS TEAM: The Reed City-Evart Little League 11-12-year-old all-star baseball team is in district action this week. (Courtesy photo)
BOYS TEAM: The Reed City-Evart Little League 11-12-year-old all-star baseball team is in district action this week. (Courtesy photo)

EVART — District action has started this week for the Reed City-Evart boys 11-12-year-old all-star team, coached by Josh Johnson.

Reed City Evart lost 14-1 to White Lake at Whitehall on Monday.

“Ty Sochocki got our only run with a solo homer. We pitched to contact and didn’t make enough plays.” Johnson said. “Plus, our hitters were out-matched by their pitching.”

Reed City-Evart played in Grant on Tuesday.

Despite Monday’s loss, Johnson remained optimistic.

“We have 12 players on the team, six from Reed City and six from Evart,” Johnson said. “There were three Reed City teams and two Evart teams for the regular season.

“Most every kid on the team can pitch. Even though we have a lot of pitchers and all of them have shown they can throw strikes, we really don’t have that one or two dominate pitchers like some of the other teams that we will face will have.

“I would say pitching will be our weakness. We have to pitch to contact and make the plays. I think making the plays will be our strength. We have a lot of players that are very knowledgeable of the game and can make plays in the field.”

Players are Garrett Johnson infield, outfield and pitch; Christian Booher at catcher, outfielder and second base; Carter Pritchard at second base and outfield; Billy Conklin at catcher, shortstop and pitcher; Troy Lodholtz and Ty Sochocki at infield, outfield and pitcher;

Cody Kailing at pitcher, catcher, outfield and infield;

Brandon Wirth at shortstop and pitcher; Zach Saez, Steve Shewan and Hunter Diehl at pitcher and catcher and Calvin Rohnde at third base and pitcher.”

The competition will be very tough,” Johnson said.

“These are the best 12 year olds from all over the state. Our boys can play. If we make the plays and hit the ball we can play with anybody.

“We proved that in a recent tournament where the clear favorite to win the tournament pounded us the first time we met, but we only lost by a run the second time.

“Our kids are stoked. They are super-excited. This is the Little League Tournament. My son keeps telling me we could be on TV. He is right, Anything’s possible.”