Summer means more baseball for Evart coach and players

Wildcats begin summer program

Evart's Jackson Craven gets set to throw the ball to first base against Lake City on Wednesday.

Evart's Jackson Craven gets set to throw the ball to first base against Lake City on Wednesday.

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EVART – Josh Johnson is a true believer in summer baseball.

The veteran Evart baseball coach started his summer baseball program on Wednesday with a pair of home doubleheader wins over Highland Conference foe Lake City. He will be having doubleheaders at home every Wednesday from now through the end of July.

Scores are kept and umpires used but there are no official records maintained and teams are just trying to get their players ready for next year.

Because many of his players are also involved in summer basketball and football practices, Johnson has worked his summer baseball schedule around those two sports.

Evart won both games 12-4 and 3-1 over Lake City on Wednesday.

Riley Ransom and Preston Wallace pitched the first game for Evart.

“They both pitched pretty good,” Johnson said. “Wallace hit really good for us. Ransom had a nice hit. Logan Anderson had a nice hit in that game. Lucas Johnson had a double. It was a good hitting game.

“The second game was a tighter game. Logan Witbeck and Lucas Johnson both pitched really good. It was more of a defensive game. we had to make plays.”

Evart will have a four-team event on July 6 with two games on the varsity field and two on the JV field. Teams will be announced later.

“I just decided to stay away from the month of June with all the basketball conflicts, so it will be Wednesday in July, Johnson said. “We just want to get everyone committed and try to build a picture in my mind for next season.”

What Johnson especially likes about summer baseball is being able to take advantage of warmer weather, unlike in April when it was cold and windy.

“Summer ball is better than no ball,” Johnson said. “You have to play ball.”

SOFTBALL

Reed City sweeps Cadillac

Reed City won the first game 16-0 in LAT League action on Wednesday at home.

Paityn Enos was the winning pitcher. She went all three innings gave up no runs, no hits, and struck out five with no walks. Leading hitters with two hits each were Hayden Cutler and Myah Beard. Isabell Guy, Paityn Enos, Kyleigh Weck and Madison Lutjens all had one hit each.

Reed City won the second game 24-5. Isabell Guy was the winning pitcher. She went two innings gave up three runs on one hit struck out five and walked three. Hayden Cutler pitched middle relief and gave up two runs on no hits and one walk.

Enos got the save. She went one inning, gave up no runs on no hits struck out two and walked one. Leading hitter with three hits was  Enos. Cutler had two hits. With one hit each was Kenzie Shoemaker, Kaylin Goodman and Mia Benson.