Pine River had control of Friday\u2019s baseball doubleheader action against Evart, winning a pair of six-inning Highland Conference games. The Bucks won 10-0 in the opener, which ended on the mercy rule and 8-0 in the nightcap which was called because of darkness. The losing pitchers for Evart were Josh Wirth in the first game and Tyler Mishler in the second. Wirth walked seven and fanned three. Mishler walked four and struck out six. In the first game for Evart, Preston Boyd and Matt Mishler had two hits each. John Danley had two hits in the second game. \u201cThe first two innings of the first game, we had four strikeouts looking and we walked five (Pine River batters),\u201d said Evart coach George Sims. \u201cIt didn\u2019t get any prettier after that. It was like that the rest of the night.\u201d Evart is 9-5 overall and 4-3 in the league. A tournament set for Saturday at Buckley was rained out. On Friday, Evart is at Lake City in the Highland Conference. \u201cExcept for Beal City it seems like everybody in the conference is beating up on each other,\u201d Sims said. Meanwhile, Josh Wirth\u2019s presence on the mound and in the batter\u2019s box has been paying huge dividends for Evart\u2019s baseball team. On May 9, the Wildcats defeated McBain 10-0 in a six-inning Highland Conference baseball game that ended on the mercy rule and had a 7-1 lead after four innings against the Ramblers in an suspended second contest. \u201cWe just kept plugging along,\u201d said Sims. \u201cWe\u2019ve had a tendency in the past that when a team gets up on us to quit. Luckily, McBain never got ahead of us.\u201d Josh Wirth went all six innings in first game, allowing five walks and striking out eight. \u201cI was changing up pitches, getting good speed and breaking it up a little bit,\u201d Wirth said. Preston Boyd had two hits including a double and RBI while Tyler Wirth had two hits and four RBIs and Josh Wirth contributed two hits and scored three runs. \u201cThe first inning, McBain had runners on second and third with nobody out,\u201d Sims said. \u201cOur shortstop (Brandon Angel) caught a line drive and we were able to double a guy off second.\u201d \u201cWe played really good tonight,\u201d Wirth said. \u201cWe hit the ball really well. Our field was good.\u201d Wirth said this season \u201cI\u2019m a lot more accurate as far as placing my pitches. Coach Sims helped me with it.\u201d The second game was tied 1-1 after three innings and Evart exploded for six in the fourth thanks to several walks including three with the bases loaded. Boyd had a key hit for the Wildcats. Wirth has also been happy with his hitting. \u201cI\u2019ve been staying away from bad pitches,\u201d he said, \u201cand knowing which part of the strike zone to swing at.\u201d \u201cWe\u2019re playing excellent,\u201d Wirth said. \u201cWe\u2019ve improved from last week. We have to stay focused.\u201d \u201cTyler Mishler threw a great second game,\u201d Sims said. \u201cWe have to stay disciplined and not make mental errors,\u201d Wirth said. On Friday, May 6, Evart lost 8-7 to Farwell in the first game of a doubleheader at home on Friday and the second game was suspected 1-0 after three innings with Evart ahead. \u201cWe were winning all of those,\u201d Sims said. \u201cIf it wasn\u2019t for them being suspended, we\u2019d be 10-3. That\u2019s Michigan weather, not a lot you an do about it. Tyler is arguably our best pitcher but he hasn\u2019t had a chance with the weather and darkness days to get in the second game.\u201d Matt Mishler had two hits with two RBIs against Farwell. Jarek VanOrder pitched the first four innings for Evart.