Versatile Evart athlete eyes fall season



EVART - Skylar Baumgardner is a very versatile athlete at Evart who very much wants to have some summer sports as she and her teammates prepare for the fall season.

She would have been a sophomore had there been a softball season which was canceled because of COVID-19.

There have been hopes for Evart to be in a summer league with Pine River Marion, Reed City McBain and other schools. But it was canceled, LAT league coordinator Roger Steig said on Monday.

Baumgardner had played softball as a freshman.

"It was good," she said. "I played center field."

As a center fielder, "I have a good arm," Baumgardner said. "I hit pretty well."

To be a good hitter in high school softball, Baumgardner feels she's been disciplined. She focuses on getting base hits.

Practices started on March 9 but the season eventually was canceled because of COVID.

"I pretty bummed because I feel this year would have been good and we could have gone pretty far," Baumgardner said.

She also plays basketball and volleyball and considers hoops to be her best sport. Ever since softball was canceled, Baumgardner has had a lot of free time but coaches have encouraged her and her teammates to be as active as possible. Her coach for basketball Matt Tiedt, is waiting for the state to give the greenlight for indoor practices.

For the 2021 Evart softball season, "we're going to be pretty good," Baumgardner predicted.