Sports briefs for June 6

BASEBALL

NEWAYGO — Errors in the field proved to be critical for the Evart baseball team in a 12-8 season-ending loss to White Cloud on Tuesday, May 29.

The Wildcats came up with plenty of offense, but couldn’t back up starting pitcher Jarek VanOrder with the defense to get out of innings, Evart coach George Sims said.

“There were just too many errors,” he said. “Jarek (VanOrder) threw 40-some pitches in the fourth inning and it just taxed him because of a couple dropped balls. I’m proud of the way the guys finished the season with six straight wins, we just couldn’t continue that (on Tuesday).”

While the Wildcats put eight runs on the board, Sims said the offense couldn’t come up with big hits when needed. Evart had the bases loaded on two different occasions with no one out, but didn’t come up with any runs.

Evart was led offensively by VanOrder, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Jared Wheeler was 2-for-3 with two RBIs while Preston Boyd went 2-for-5 with two runs.

Evart finishes the season at 14-12.

SOFTBALL

NEWAYGO — The Evart softball team’s season came to an end on Tuesday, May 29, in a 13-2 district loss to White Cloud.

Chelsea Bengry took the loss for the Wildcats, who made a number of errors in the field, coach Josh Johnson said.

“We’ve made a lot of improvements throughout the year, but we just didn’t show it (Tuesday),” he said. “I don’t think it’s fair to them to judge the season simply on wins and losses with the progress that they’ve made. It’s been a fun group of girls to coach.”

The Wildcats were led offensively by Magdalen Hyde with a double, while Katelyn Whitman added a double and an RBI.

YOUTH BASEBALL

REED CITY --  LeBaron Financial of Reed City defeated Redi-Mix 16-6 in Little League action last week. LeBaron defeated the Evart 1 team 21-8.

Against Evart, “everybody hit the ball,” said LeBaron coach Tom Strach, adding that against the Redi-Mix team of Reed City, “We hit the ball well against them.”

Top hitters for LeBaron included Hunter Morrison, Jeffrey Phenix and Adam Strach.

“They’ve all been hitting the ball well,” said Tom Strach, adding that Morrison and Wirgau both saw pitching action.

Bryce Grannis pitched a strong game for Redi-Mix.