SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

GIRLS SOCCER

Big Rapids 8, Reed City 0

Big Rapids’ offense started slow on Monday against host Reed City, but Hannah Davis provided the spark the Cardinals’ girls soccer team needed midway through the first half.

After firing a shot off the post in the 25th minute, Davis responded with two goals in the next five minutes to give Big Rapids a 2-0 lead.

Kaitlyn Ray tacked on a goal in the 35th minute and the Cardinals continued to capitalize in the second half, scoring five more for an 8-0 victory.

Davis and Kaitlyn each scored three goals as Big Rapids improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the Central State Activities Association.

A major reason the Coyotes held the Cardinals off the scoreboard early in the first half was goalkeeper Brenna Westhoff, who made several key saves.

SOFTBALL

Evart softball falls

EVART — Evart lost both games in Saturday’s Osceola Countytournament in Pine River. The Wildcats also lost both Monday night to Manton in the first Highland Conference matchup for the season, 11-1 and 16-1

“We were down two of our better hitters last night and left many runners stranded in scoring position,” Evart coach Jeff Bressler said. “Errors seem to be our nemesis. We seem to play two or three good innings and then have a really bad inning that we can’t recover from. Every time we play, (his assistant coach) and I come up with a laundry list of things we need to work on.

“We have improved in the areas we have had the opportunity to work on, and will continue to work on the list. We have extended practices by 30 minutes to give us more time to address these issues. Many of the girls are staying after practice as well to work on specific areas they know they need help with individually.

“We moved freshman pitcher Carlie Gostlin up to help with the pitching,” Bressler added. “And she pitched well (against Manton) for 1 ½ games. She’s consistently puts the ball over the plate and we will be working on her speed. Her role for now is as a relief pitcher, but as her speed picks up she will likely become a starter.”