Wildcats baseball eager to open season

EVART — The baseball season is scheduled to start on Tuesday for coach George Sims and his Evart Wildcats, who are in their second week of preseason practices.

The Wildcats were scheduled to make roster cuts last week. There were 30 players that came out for the program with possibly 12 set for the varsity “and as many as we have jerseys for the JVs,” Sims said. “We’re working on a lot of fundamentals. We’re working on a lot of hitting drills, a lot of contact drills.”

A major focus for Sims is to boost the Wildcats hitting averages this season.

“Our batting average offensively has not been to where it should be the last couple of years by any means,” Sims said. “Hopefully, we can get a communication game decided before we go outside.”

A year ago, seasonable weather allowed the Wildcats and other baseball teams to be outside the first week of preseason practice. That’s not quite the case this year.

“We always try to schedule a couple of games before spring break in case we can get them in,” Sims said. “The kids are here and working hard.”

Among the key players for Sims and his team will be junior Preston Boyd, a catcher and pitcher. He played some summer baseball during the offseason.

As a catcher, Boyd’s strength is his arm and throwing runners out at second base.

“I didn’t have many passed balls,” he said. “We have some good pitchers.”

Boyd batted around .270 last season.

“I had one home run last year at Farwell that was kind of cool,” Boyd said. “Hopefully I’ll get some more.”

Boyd likes his team’s potential to have a winning record and compete well in the Highland Conference and districts.